Four nabbed in raid on scam op targeting Aussies

KUALA LUMPUR: Two men and two women have been arrested following a raid on a scam call centre, says Kuala Lumpur police chief Comm Datuk Mohd Shuhaily Mohd Zain.

Aged between 21 and 23, the four were nabbed in a raid at a condominium in Bukit Bintang by Dang Wangi police on Thursday, he said.

“The syndicate was targeting Australians by offering memberships priced between A$100 (RM308) and A$1,000 (RM3,086).

“The victims were promised cash returns in exchange for promoting some products.”

However, this was only a ruse by the syndicate, he told a press conference here yesterday.

Comm Shuhaily said the syndicate, which is believed to have been active since March, had promoted the scam via social media.

The police, he said, were now tracking down the mastermind.

Comm Shuhaily said that police were also working to improve their strategies in dealing with such crimes.

In another case, a 31-year-old man, who was detained for allegedly abusing his girlfriend’s daughter, had been remanded for seven days until June 15.

Comm Mohd Shuhaily said the victim and her 18-year-old mother had been staying with the suspect for about two months.

It was reported that the toddler suffered a bruised lip and swollen eye sockets, among other injuries, after being allegedly abused by her mother’s lover.

Comm Mohd Shuhaily said the victim is still being treated at Hospital Kuala Lumpur.

“She will be handed over to the Welfare Department once her treatment is completed,” he added.

Comm Mohd Shuhaily said the man was detained under Section 31(1)(a) of the Child Act.

The suspect, he said, had a criminal record for 13 offences, including seven drug-related offences.

The suspect had also tested positive for drugs.

Earlier, Comm Mohd Shuhaily witnessed the handing over ceremony for the acting deputy police chief post from Senior Asst Comm Datuk Abu Samah Mohd Noor to SAC Habibi Majinji.

Comm Mohd Shuhaily also witnessed the handing over of the KL Special Branch chief post from SAC Abu Samah to SAC Fazlisyam Abd Majid.

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