LTTE fighter makes ‘killing’ in credit card scams and extortion


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 15 Aug 2015

Flushed out: Bukit Aman Special Branch Counter Terrorism officers detaining the senior LTTE fighter in Kuala Lumpur.

KUALA LUMPUR: While he bided his time hiding out in Malaysia, a senior Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) fighter has been raking in hundreds of thousands of ringgit scamming and even extorting his fellow men.

It is learnt that the 37-year-old man, who was detained in the city on Aug 7, had been active in the most profitable of all scams – forging credit cards.

Sources revealed that he was part of a syndicate that cloned credit cards held by a Sri Lankan member residing in Canada. The cards were cloned multiple times.

“They would then pass the forged cards to fellow Sri Lankans heading to Malaysia. Once here, they would withdraw money using the cards,” said the source.

However, the matter did not end there. The syndicate member in Canada would make reports of “illegal” transactions carried out in Malaysia using his cards.

“Acting as if he is the victim, the man (in Canada) would lodge police reports before claiming insurance from the banks. In other words, the syndicate would rake in profits from both ends,” another source revealed.

It is believed that the senior LTTE fighter was also involved in other syndicates forging passports and even illegally obtained United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) cards.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said the man had used a social visitor pass to enter the country.

“Initial investigations showed that the suspect used Malaysia as a hideout and even extorted his fellow countrymen. We believe he was trying to amass funds to revive the LTTE movement in Sri Lanka,” he said yesterday.

The man, he said, had also admitted to being part of the credit card scam syndicate, masterminded by other foreigners.

He was detained under Section 15 (1) (C) of the Immigration Act 1959/63 for overstaying before being deported yesterday.

“Our Sri Lankan counterpart will act further on the matter,” he said.

Sources said the police chose to deport the man as they wanted to get such negative criminal elements out of the country as soon as possible.

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 1
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3

Courts & Crime , tamil tiger , igp , LTTE

   

Next In Nation

Malaysia will not send pilgrims for haj this year
Annuar: Mobile trucks to vaccinate market traders, workers, hawkers
Covid-19: Two people in 30s without recorded comorbidities among 76 new deaths
Lockdown in Sabah also extended to June 28, says CM
Covid-19: Govt seeking out UNHCR cardholders for vaccination
Several areas in Negri, Cameron Highlands and Sabah under EMCO, says Ismail Sabri
Saudi Arabia bars foreign travellers from Haj over Covid-19, says SPA
Takiyuddin: Cabinet responsible for advising King on Emergency
Covid-19: Parts of Labuan under total lockdown from June 15-28
Over 900 non-Muslim houses of worship registered in Johor

Stories You'll Enjoy


Vouchers