KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 11 – An internet fraud syndicate, dubbed ‘African Scam’ was busted following the arrest of 19 suspects, including 17 African men in several raids around the city early this month.
City Commercial Crime Investigation Department chief ACP Izany Abdul Ghany said the suspects, including a woman of Thailand national and a local woman aged between 22 and 44, were nabbed around the city centre, Kepong, Pandan Perdana and Taman Maluri.
“The African men were detained for using student passes of a private college. Their activities were exposed after they cheated a hotel employee of RM6,800,” he told a press conference at Cheras police headquarters here, today.
He said a member of the syndicate was believed to have posed as a woman on a social networking site with the aim to foster love relation with the hotel staff before deceiving him.
The syndicate’s modus operandi was to convince the victim that an item sent to him from overseas was seized by the immigration authority and the victim had to pay RM6,800 to retrieve it.
“The victim, however, did not received the item after the payment was made, but instead was asked to make another payment of RM10,000 of which he declined. Realising that he was cheated, he lodge a police report,” he said.
During the raids, police also seized several items believed to be used in the scam, including 14 laptop computers, 27 mobile phones, seven company stamps, four savings account books, two cheque books and two disc drivers.
Izany said since early this year, 68 investigation papers were opened on the ‘African Scam’ syndicate, and 110 people had been arrested so far, including 93 African nationals, 44 of whom were charged in court. – Bernama