Investigators into the phone scam have also frozen several bank accounts linked to companies to which the monies had been transferred.
A total of RM1.4mil was found in these accounts.
Petaling Jaya OCPD Asst Comm Nik Ezanee Mohd Faisal said the arrests started after June 28, following a police report by the victim.
“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, aged 36, caught on Wednesday. She was found to have links to one of the companies.” he said.
He added the money trail led to seven companies, located in Penang, Kuala Lumpur, Klang and Sabah.
Those arrested include board members from those companies.
The elderly woman’s ordeal started on April 30 after she received a call from an individual claiming to be from Poslaju Malaysia who said there was a package with her ATM and identification cards.
Her call was then forwarded to two bogus policemen who told her that she was involved in a money laundering syndicate.
She then followed their instructions in fear and transferred her money to seven companies from April 20 to June 15.
“We are investigating their (the suspects’) roles. Investigations are still underway to track down more syndicate members and the mastermind,” ACP Nik Ezanee said.
ACP Nik Ezanee also advised the public to be vigilant.
“No enforcement agency will ever ask for money over the phone.
“If you get such calls, put the phone down, and report the matter to your nearest police station,” he said.
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