Busted: Syndicate who sold RM3mil worth of websites to scammers

JOHOR BARU: A syndicate has been developing websites for scammers to use to get important details from victims including their bank account details, passwords and even tag numbers.

The syndicate, comprising a team of six people with degrees in IT and software development, have made a whopping RM3mil selling their websites to about 100 possible scammers.

Johor Police chief Datuk Comm Kamarul Zaman Mamat, who described the syndicate as high-tech, said that this was the first of such arrests in the state.

All the suspects, aged 21 to 49 and including four women, were arrested at a shoplot in Iskandar Puteri on Thursday (Sept 29).

“These are the people who create websites for scammers to use to collect people’s personal details before siphoning money from their account,” he said, adding that each website was being sold for RM30,000.

He added that the syndicate has sold about 100 of such websites.

Asked about potential losses or who are the 100 customers, he said investigations were still ongoing.

It is learnt that the websites could offer various services to entice a victim to click.

Once clicked, a “bug” is then used to steal the victim’s personal details.

The application is able to get people’s bank username, password and even bank tag numbers.

“Some of the suspects arrested have even worked overseas and have degrees in computer and IT related,” he said during a press conference here.

Comm Kamarul Zaman said that police have also seized mobile phones, computers and other paraphernalia from this group.

He said investigations were being done under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating.

All the suspects have been remanded.

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