KUALA LUMPUR: A syndicate offering job-seekers a commission of about 8% as an “online purchasing agent” was busted with the arrest of nine individuals, including a Thai woman.
Kuala Lumpur Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) acting chief Supt Mohd Mahidisham Ishak said once recruited, the syndicate would instruct the agents to purchase their products online under the guise of increasing their rating.
“Normally the syndicate will pay their money back plus the promised commissions for the first two purchases, ” he said.
“However, from the third purchase onwards, they would then delay payment before being uncontactable, ” added Supt Mohd Mahidisham at a press conference at the Kuala Lumpur police headquarters on Thursday (April 22).
The nine individuals - five local men, three local women and the Thai woman - are aged between 17 and 37 were detained following a raid on premises in the city on April 15.
Supt Mohd Mahidisham said police raided the premises following a report lodged by a female victim who lost RM11,194 to the syndicate which had been operating since March.
"We seized 57 mobile phones, four laptops and seven desktops from the premises. Initial investigations revealed that those detained were paid about RM100 each daily, ” he said
"We are looking for two men in their late 30s and 40s who are part of the syndicate," added Supt Mohd Mahidisham.
He also said that the police are still identifying the mastermind, adding that the CCID had opened 67 investigation papers (IP) regarding similar scams, of which 27 IPS were handled by KL CCID.
"It involves a total loss of RM689,850 from victims nationwide. In Kuala Lumpur, the losses were RM246,892.
Supt Mohd Mahidisham reminded the people to be careful with any online job offers.
"Check the authenticity of the job offers. Use various official sources such as the CCID's Semak Mule application and website (http://ccid.rmp.gov.my/semakmule/) or contact KL police hotline at 03-21159999 or any nearest police station," he said.