PETALING JAYA: Investigations into a phone scam that led to a victim losing RM3.83mil has led to nine arrests.
Petaling Jaya OCPD Asst Comm Nik Ezanee Mohd Faisal, in a press conference on Thursday (July 9), said that arrests were made from June 28, after the victim lodged a report.
“We had some catching up to do because the report was lodged two months after the scam call was made.
“As of now, nine arrests have been made, with the latest suspect caught on Wednesday (July 8),” he said.
He said the arrests were made after police followed the money trail, which led to seven companies.
“Investigations are still ongoing, and if they are more updates, we will inform,” he said, adding that the suspects included board members of the seven companies.
ACP Nik Ezanee also said RM1.4mil in multiple bank accounts had been frozen by police.
Previously, it was reported that a 90-year-old woman lost RM3.83mil after falling prey to a syndicate.
The elderly woman’s ordeal started on April 30 after she received a call from an individual who claimed to be from Poslaju Malaysia. The man said there was a package with her ATM and identification cards.
The call was then forwarded to two bogus policemen, who told her that she had been implicated in a money-laundering syndicate.
She followed their instructions out of fear and transferred money to seven companies from April 20 to June 15.