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Friday May 10, 2013

‘Macau scam’ syndicate smashed

KUCHING: Malaysian police, with the cooperation of their counterparts in Taiwan and China, have crippled an Internet syndicate, believed to have transferred funds of more than RM4bil, known as the ‘Macau scam’.

This followed the arrest of 84 foreign nationals and a local in a raid at two locations in the city, said Sarawak police commissioner DCP Datuk Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani here yesterday.

He said 55 of the foreigners (31 men and 24 women) and a local were detained at the first location, followed by 29 others, including 13 women, at the second location.

“Also seized in the operation were 113 telephones, 11 laptops, two desktop computers, modems, routers, mobile phones and other electronic gadgets,” he told reporters.

He said investigations revealed that members of the syndicate hoodwinked their victims on the Internet by claiming to be policemen, either from China or Taiwan.

“What they (syndicate members) did was to inform the victims that their bank accounts were being investigated by the central bank of their respective countries and might be frozen.

“Having succeeded in making the victims scared, the syndicate members coaxed the victims to transfer their money to a temporary account,” he added.

DCP Acryl said the foreign suspects would be detained pending their extradition to their respective countries. — Bernama

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