Scam syndicate busted in joint raid

PETALING JAYA: Bukit Aman and their Singaporean counterparts dealt a huge blow to a scam syndicate that had reaped in profits of more than RM2mil from victims in both countries.

Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) director Comm Datuk Mohd Kamarudin Md Din said a joint raid by Singapore and Malaysian police in Johor led to the arrest of three suspected syndicate members.

“On Aug 26, a combined team, including the Singapore Police Force’s Commercial Affairs Department, raided a condominium in Taman Desa Skudai, Johor Baru.

“Three locals aged between 21 and 27 were arrested,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Various electronic gadgets were seized including seven handphones, two laptops and two routers.

Investigations showed that the group would use social media to offer jobs as purchasing agents.

Victims were promised around RM200 to RM300 in daily income and were told to purchase items according to a given list.

“They will be reimbursed with added commission, around 5% to 8%. This will continue for cheaper purchases,” Comm Mohd Kamarudin said.

“When the victims then purchased more expensive items, however, they were not paid back.”

Victims were then told that there had been issues with the transfers and that additional charges such as processing fees and tax penalties had also been incurred.

The syndicate is believed to be connected to 95 reports lodged in Singapore, with losses amounting to S$690,000 (RM2.1mil).

One report lodged in Malaysia has also been linked to this syndicate, with losses of around RM21,700.

“The three arrested were known to have been responsible for transferring the profits from mule accounts to e-wallet accounts that had been given by the syndicate’s higher ups.

“They then used the money to purchase the cryptocurrency, Tether, and were given a daily commission of 0.2%.

“Efforts by both Malaysian and Singaporean police to trace the remaining members of the syndicate are under way,” he said.

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