PETALING JAYA: An international syndicate involved in a “Macau scam”, where victims were cheated of millions of ringgit here, has been smashed.
Police officers uncovered the scam when they raided two places in Section 12 here and in Bukit Damansara, Kuala Lumpur.
The authorities had been monitoring the groups activities for about a week after receiving information from their Chinese counterparts.
The syndicate members posed as court officials or policemen and called their victims in China before informing them that they had received summonses for having defaulted on their bank loans or credit card payments.
The bogus officers would then advise the victims to telephone their banks for confirmation.
When the calls are made, the syndicate would intercept the calls via Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology.
The members would again introduce themselves as bank officers and ask the victims to pay money to avoid being brought to court.
Policemen raided a bungalow at Jalan 12/16a here yesterday and arrested 20 Taiwanese citizens, including a woman, four Chinese nationals and a Malaysian.
They also raided another call centre at a house in Lengkok Setiabestari, Bukit Damansara, where they picked up 26 Taiwanese nationals, including four women.
All the suspects were aged between 20 and 40.
Federal police head of Cyber Security and Multimedia Investigation Division Asst Comm Mohd Kamaruddin Md Din said all the suspects had entered Malaysia in March.
ACP Mohd Kamaruddin said investigations revealed that the operations were headed by a mastermind based in China.
It is learnt that the syndicate has branches in Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines and Cambodia.
He said the suspects would be investigated for cheating.