Selangor cops detain Macau scam mastermind

Selangor Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) chief Fazlisyam Abd Majid. (Bernama pic)

SHAH ALAM: Police have detained a Taiwanese man, believed to be the mastermind of a “Macau Scam” syndicate, in raids carried out in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur two weeks ago. They also detained three local men.

Selangor Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) chief Fazlisyam Abd Majid said the 26-year-old mastermind was arrested in Kuala Lumpur on July 17 in connection with a RM270,000 cheating case involving a doctor in Sungai Buloh.

He said the Taiwanese man was arrested after police interrogated the three local suspects, aged between 24 and 32, who were caught on July 16.

“Investigations revealed that the three suspects searched for individuals and paid them RM200 to RM400 to open bank accounts.

“The local suspects also sold ATM cards belonging to other individuals to the Taiwanese man who comes to Malaysia once a month.

“The bank accounts were used as the medium to receive money,” he told a press conference here today.

Police also seized several ATM cards, handphones and laptops from the three local suspects, he said. The four were remanded and investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code.

Fazlisyam said Selangor had recorded 187 online scam cases, involving losses of RM15 million, so far this year.

He said police had identified 75 individuals who had been using their bank accounts for fraud and 34 had been charged in court.

He advised the public against selling or giving their bank account numbers to strangers as it was an offence to do so.