KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 22 people, including four women, were detained for allegedly being involved in loan scam activities.
The suspects are believed to be members of "Geng Manggo" and were picked up in separate raids at Jalan Setapak and Jalan Genting Klang on Tuesday (March 10).
Kuala Lumpur police chief Comm Datuk Seri Mazlan Lazim said the two locations raided were the call centres for the syndicate.
"At the first raid at Jalan Setapak, we detained six people, including three women, and seized 19 mobile phones and 14 notebooks.
"We also detained 16 others, including a woman in the following raid, and seized 36 mobile phones, two laptops, an iPad and 14 notebooks," he told a press conference at the state police headquarters on Friday (March 13).
Initial investigations revealed that the syndicate has been operating since January, he added.
"They would advertise on issuing loans via social media applications, including Facebook.
"Those who were duped by the suspects would then contact them on the prospect of taking loans," Comm Mazlan said.
The syndicate would then charge the victims for so-called fees, including processing fees, he added.
"The victims would then pay up and in the end, they would not get any loan," he said.
Comm Mazlan said a total of 29 cheating cases, involving RM150,000 in losses, were solved with the arrests of the suspects.
"We are still hunting the remnants of the syndicate, including the mastermind who is only known as 'Manggo'. We urge anyone with information to contact the KL police hotline at 03-2155 9999," he said.
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