SHAH ALAM: Seven locals have been nabbed for carrying out online loan scams in Selangor involving over RM600,000, police said today.
The suspects, four men and three women aged 19 to 27, are believed to be part of a larger syndicate.
They were arrested by the Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CID) on Aug 29 during a raid on a bungalow in Bandar Putri Klang.
Selangor CID chief Fazlisyam Abd Majid said police also seized 14 mobile phones, 12 ATM cards, five Hotlink Simpacks, six Celcom Xpac Simcards, two folders of documents believed to contain victims’ information, two pieces of paper with telephone scripts, one folder of mobile phone numbers and two vehicles.
A total of 95 police reports had been made against the group, which is believed to have operated from various locations in Selangor over the past six months.
In a press conference today, Fazlisyam said the six suspects currently in remand had been paid RM150,000 by the syndicate and promised commissions based on the amount of money successfully scammed from victims.
“Their modus operandi is that they jump from one location to another to avoid being traced by the police,” he added.
He said the scammers would post adverts on social media and wait for victims to call.
He said 378 cases of personal loan scams were reported from January to June, involving over RM4 million in losses for victims.
Many of the victims were between 20 and 30 years old, and needed money for living expenses or to start up businesses, he added.