KUALA LUMPUR: A syndicate selling fake cow vaccine to local businessmen was smashed following the arrest of 30 people, including 28 South Africans.
The syndicate, which had cheated at least three businessmen of about RM1mil, claimed to have produced a revolutionary vaccine called Thermacyin XP 1000 that would make cattle healthy and free from disease.
Federal Commercial Crime Department head Comm Datuk Ramli Yusuff said the scam came to light after the businessmen, who had each bought 800 bottles of the vaccine, lodged reports early this month.
Comm Ramli said the victims were introduced to the vaccine via e-mail. A syndicate member would then pose as a veterinary doctor from London and pretend to be interested in the vaccine.
Using an overseas pre-paid line, the man would contact the victim and meet him at a five star hotel. He would offer to buy the vaccine at double the price and show his victim bundles of US dollar notes, which were actually fake, Comm Ramli told a press conference at the departments headquarters in Bukit Perdana here yesterday.
The victim would then contact the syndicate to buy the vaccine and pay the money. The victim would only realise he had been duped when he returned to the hotel to find that the 'doctor' had gone missing.
Comm Ramli said police conducted several raids on apartments throughout the Klang Valley last week and arrested the foreigners and two locals.
They seized 800 bottles of the vaccine, fake documents, 13 personal computers, three laptops, five scanners and more than 100 sticker labels.
We have sent the bottles to the Chemistry Department for tests to establish the contents, said Comm Ramli.
He urged anyone with information on any scam to contact the Rakan Cop Hotline at 03-2115 9999 or send an SMS to 32728 or contact the nearest police station.