SINGAPORE: Malaysian and Singaporean police have busted a cross-border Internet love scam syndicate.
Victims lost a total of about US$245,000 (RM1,028,410) in at least seven cases reported in Singapore and 25 cases in Malaysia, the police said in a statement on Monday.
The Commercial Affairs Department (CAD) of the Singapore Police Force and the Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) of the Royal Malaysia Police had shared information on Internet love scams reported in both countries from February this year.
Scammers would cultivate relationships with victims online, before asking the victims to give them money to pay fines and fees.
They claimed that they needed the money as they were detained by government authorities, and posed as successful or attractive individuals.
CCID officers arrested 11 suspects, including 10 Africans, in Kuala Lumpur in an operation conducted last Wednesday and Thursday.
At the same time, CAD officers arrested three Singaporean men in the republic for helping to transfer the syndicate's earnings.
CAD director David Chew said the operation was "yet another testament to the strong bonds between CAD and CCID".
"Both departments share a common resolve to ensure that transnational fraudsters do not get away with hiding behind the Internet to commit crimes," he said.
He added that the CAD was grateful to its Malaysian counterparts for their strong support in the joint investigation. - The Straits Times/Asia News Network
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