Home > News > Nation
Saturday February 8, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Saturday February 8, 2014 MYT 7:40:02 AM
by jastin ahmad tarmizi
End of the line: The woman and two of her accomplices were arrested in Klang Valley during the operation.
KUALA LUMPUR: For years she has been carrying on her affairs with various Nigerian men in Malaysia and bearing their children.
However, the dangerous liaisons were cut short after the 42-year-old Malaysian woman – along with five others – were arrested for acting as a “go between” for the men in a multi-million ringgit Internet parcel scam.
The woman, who also acted as a bank account holder for the syndicate, has admitted to receiving between RM1.5mil and RM2mil in transactions.
She was among 15 people, including five Nigerian men, detained over the scam which first came to the police’s attention from a report lodged by a Singaporean woman.
Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigations Department deputy director (intelligence and operations) Senior Asst Comm Datuk Jalil Hassan said they were arrested in the Klang Valley during an operation on Thursday, in which 14 bank passbooks, 21 ATM cards and 10 handphones were among the items seized.
“Our initial investigation shows that all the Nigerians have been using Malaysian student visas,” he told reporters at the Federal CCID headquarters in Bukit Perdana here yesterday.
Nine others, including the six women, had been acting for the syndicate as bank account holders, he said, adding that all those detained, aged between 39 and 26, were remanded.
Police, added SAC Jalil, had obtained a lead on the syndicate when a 60-year-old Singaporean woman living in Johor Baru was duped of RM566,590 after being told that she would be receiving a parcel containing £750,000 (RM4mil).
“She had met one of the syndicate members on Facebook in July. The member was impersonating as an Irish man ‘interested’ in the victim,” he said, adding that the woman was told that a parcel would be sent to her home in Johor Baru via courier.
“Although she received an e-mail that the parcel had purportedly arrived at the Customs, she was required to pay transaction and insurance fees to claim it.
“Believing his sweet talk and promises, the woman deposited money into several local bank accounts,” he said, adding that the parcel never arrived.
On Jan 21, the woman lodged a report.
Police, he said, believed that the syndicate had been operating for between two and three years, conning victims of over RM7mil.
Tags / Keywords:
Courts Crime, love scam, nigeria
Appeals Court upholds Thai woman's drug trafficking conviction
Cops rule out CBT in Melbourne property deal
Police set to interview former PetroSaudi exec
Ex-Perak syariah judge to spend Aidilfitri behind bars
African drug syndicates busted
Huntley was determined person, says mother at his death inquest
MH17: Many possibilities, no definite suspects behind crash
Hasan Malek: No more monthly fuel price announcements
Johor Sultan gives Crown Prince jet as birthday present
No water rationing in Selangor, assures Azmin
Celebrate Raya in style with GEMFIVE
The hidden power of reading aloud
When should discipline begin?
Halep checks out of hotel Wimbledon early
Copyright © 1995-2015 Star Media Group Berhad (ROC 10894D)(Formerly known as Star Publications (Malaysia) Berhad)