Cops raid Cheras call centre managing crime syndicates' finances, eight arrested

KUALA LUMPUR: Police have raided a call centre in Cheras believed to be managing finances for other crime syndicates, Bukit Aman says.

Federal Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) director Comm Datuk Seri Ramli Mohamed Yoosuf said the raid was conducted on April 10.

"Inspections and checks on the seized evidence led us to believe that this group had been active since March 24 and was supplying records and accounting systems to calculate online scam profits on fake job scams targeting Chinese nationals.

"This group was found to be programmers of the financial management systems for online scam syndicates. They charged as much as RM1,000 a month for the use of their systems.

"They were also responsible for any issues related to their systems. As of now they have sold this to five customers in China," he told a press conference at Bukit Aman here on Friday (April 19).

Transactions were conducted using cryptocurrency with the funds deposited into ewallets prepared by the China-based crime bosses.

A total of eight people, seven Chinese nationals and a Vietnamese, were arrested. Six of them were charged on Tuesday (April 16).

Meanwhile, another call centre in Cheras was raided on April 12 leading to the arrest of five Chinese nationals.

The group is believed to have been offering nonexistent broadcasting services.

Investigations showed that the syndicate would offer packages of films and TV shows.

Those arrested were believed to have acted as service agents, managing and recording transactions for the syndicate.

"All transaction records were given via Telegram by other agents in the syndicate who were in charge of marketing," he said, adding that the target victims were in China.

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