Telco firm worker remanded over SMS scam case

PUTRAJAYA: A worker with a telecommunications firm has been remanded in connection with bribes worth millions of ringgit tied to a SMS scam syndicate.

The 49-year-old will be under remand for five days until Nov 15 in connection with the case, which earlier saw the remand of three other individuals.

The remand order was issued by Magistrate Nur Aisyah Mohd Yusof after the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) submitted an application to the court on Wednesday (Nov 11).

The suspect was arrested on Tuesday (Nov 10) at around 9pm at the MACC headquarters.

Sources said the suspect was believed to have accepted RM300,000 in stages from a company in return for a list of the telco company's customers under its pre-paid plan from 2017.

It is learnt that the phone numbers were used by the "content provider" company to charge customers via SMS without their knowledge or permission.

On Tuesday, the MACC remanded three company directors for five days on suspicion of giving bribes worth millions of ringgit as part of a SMS scam syndicate.

Two of the directors are said to be Datuks.

The three are said to be directors of different companies and have apparently been giving bribes to telecommunication companies to gain access to customers’ phone numbers.

They are believed to have bribed workers at telecommunication companies to obtain phone numbers of their customers.
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