KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 165 bank accounts with about RM296mil linked to money games companies have been frozen.
Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak told Parliament yesterday that three operations to curb get-rich-quick schemes were conducted in May by the Attorney-General’s Chambers, police and Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism Ministry.
The Prime Minister said nine investigation papers were opened by the authorities under the various laws.
He was responding to Sim Tze Tzin (PKR-Bayan Baru), who wanted to know how many get-rich-quick scheme companies had been investigated by Bank Negara this year.
Sim also asked how much money had been frozen and when it would be returned to the investors.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, in reply to another query from Sim, said 90 foreign nationals had been victims of money games companies, according to police investigations.
He said the victims were from China, Taiwan and Yemen, with the companies involved being JJPTR, Monspace, MBI and Morgage Capital Sdn Bhd.
The issue of money games cropped up recently following the collapse of several unauthorised investment schemes.
JJ Commerce Trading and JJ Online Enterprise are believed to be linked to the JJPTR investment scheme that collapsed in April, with the company claiming it lost US$400mil (RM1.7bil) to a purported hacking job.
Its founder Johnson Lee and two of his aides were arrested on May 16 and released on bail on May 23.
The company has shut down its official website www.jjptr.com and closed its offices in Penang.