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Friday, 7 February 2014 The Star Online

Cops bust internet scammers, arrest local woman and her five Nigerian lovers

KUALA LUMPUR: Police busted a "internet parcel scam" syndicate after arresting five Nigerian nationals and their lover who allegedly bore several of their children.

The 42-year-old Malaysian national, who has been the lover of all five of the syndicate members, is said to have borne 12 children with several different fathers and has worked for the syndicate impersonating government and bank officials to scam their victims.

The woman, who also worked as a bank account holder for the syndicate, also admitted to allegedly receiving RM1.5mil to RM2mil of transaction into her bank account while working for the syndicate.

Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigations Department (CCID) deputy director (intelligence and operations) Senior Asst Comm Datuk Jalil Hassan said that the suspects were arrested in several spots in the Klang Valley during an operation on Thursday with police seizing 14 bank account books, 21 ATM cards, 10 handphones and several other items.

"Our initial investigations revealed that all five of the Nigerian suspects were in Malaysia on student visas," he told a press conference at the Federal CCID headquarters in Bukit Perdana here yesterday.

He added that nine others including six women, who were working for the syndicate as bank account holders were also arrested.

SAC Jalil said all the suspects, aged between 26 and 39, have been remanded to facilitate investigation following the arrests made on Thursday.

He added police got a lead on the syndicate when a 60-year-old Singaporean woman who lived in Johor Bharu was duped into parting with RM566,590.93 by a syndicate member who led her into believing that she would receive a parcel containing 750,000 sterling pounds.

"They had met in Facebook in July last year. The syndicate member was impersonating an Irish man who was interested in the victim," he said adding that the syndicate member then told the victim he had sent a parcel to her home in Johor Bharu through courier service.

"The victim then received an email saying that the parcel has already arrived at customs but she would have to pay transaction and insurance fees for the parcel to claim it. Believing his sweet talk and promises, he said the woman had deposited money into several local bank accounts," said SAC Jalil adding that the victim deposited the money in 12 different transactions in to 12 different accounts amounting to RM566,590.93.

After the last transaction was made, the woman realised that she had been duped as the parcel never arrived, forcing her to lodge a police report on Jan 21.

SAC Jalil said investigation also revealed that syndicate members would pay between four to five percent of the total transaction to the account holders to open local bank accounts.

He added that police believe that the syndicate has been operating for two to three years and has duped more than RM7mil.

"We will continue our investigation. We hope that people would not trust others that they meet on the internet easily," he added.
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answered on Apr 20, 2017 at 19:54
New Facebook ‘friend’ scam reported, police warns

March 27, 2017

SINGAPORE — Scammers have a new trick up their sleeves – charging gaming credits or online gift cards on their victim’s mobile phone accounts – after befriending them on Facebook.

The police said on its Facebook page on Monday (March 27) that it has received several reports of victims incurring unauthorised charges on their mobile phone bills as a result of this new scam.

Revealing the modus operandi, the police said scammers work by sending a friend request to their victims on the social networking site. In some cases, the conmen’s accounts closely resemble those of their targets’ friends.

After being accepted as a friend, the fraudster would ask for the victims’ mobile phone numbers and service providers, and use the information to make buy gaming credits online or online gift cards.

When asked for a three-digit One Time Password (OTP) verification sent to their mobiles, the victims hand over the information, only to find out after they receive their mobile phone bills that they had been cheated and charged for transactions that they did not make.

In its Facebook reminder, the police reminded the public not to share personal information including OTP or verification codes to anyone. They should also be wary of friend requests from strangers on social networking sites.

The public is also encouraged to report any fraudulent charges detected on their mobile phone bill to their mobile service provider immediately.

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answered on Apr 20, 2017 at 19:56
Man conned into opening six bank accounts

8 March 2017

A 24-YEAR-OLD man from Kampar, Perak, got into trouble after he took up a job which required him to open six bank accounts, Sin Chew Daily reported.

The man, known only as Wei, said he came across the job advertisement last year and accepted it after he was told that the company needed a personal assistant, which only required him to work for a week every month with a basic monthly salary of RM3,000.

He was asked to open bank accounts to help the company’s clients to transfer money, and he was given commissions for doing so, it reported.

Wei said he had withdrawn more than half a million ringgit from five of the accounts between Dec 19 and 23.

However, Wei found something was amiss and closed all the accounts on Jan 10.

Wei, who sought help from MCA Public Services and Complaints Department head Datuk Seri Michael Chong, said he was called by the police to assist in an investigation last month.

Wei said he could not contact his superior after he was called by the police.

Chong said he had received nine similar cases last year and most of the victims were youngsters.

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answered on Apr 20, 2017 at 19:59
Five Nigerian members of phishing ring nabbed

16 April 2015

GEORGE TOWN: Penang police arrested five Nigerians in the Klang Valley believed to be members of a syndicate duping Internet users out of their personal details.

The men, aged between 21 and 24, were said to have entered the country on student visas and were enrolled in private colleges in the Klang Valley.

Penang Commercial Crime Depart-ment chief Asst Comm Azmi Adam said the five were detained follow-ing police investigations into a report by a college executive officer that she had been conned in a phishing scam.

“The 48-year-old victim said she received an email on April 9 pur-portedly from a Malaysian bank with an Internet link, and the link con-nected her to a website that appeared like a bank website. She was asked to update her data which include the username and password of her bank account.

“A few minutes after updating the information, she received a SMS from the bank informing that RM10,000 was transferred to another bank.

“She immediately called the bank and reported the matter to the police,” he told reporters at the Penang police headquarters yesterday.

ACP Azmi said police traced the money trail and found that it was transferred into a bank account owned by a Nigerian.

“On Monday, the five suspects, including the owner of the bank account, were picked up in several locations in Klang Valley.

“We also raided a residential unit in Subang Jaya, Selangor, and seized 10 handphones, two laptops, a desktop, Internet modems, student cards, four passports, nine ATM cards issued by a local bank, and RM400,” he said.

He said the seized items would be sent to the cyber forensic team for analysis.

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answered on Apr 20, 2017 at 20:08
Victims lost RM100mil to African scams last year

12 April 2017

KUALA LUMPUR: Some RM100.9mil was lost to African scams last year.

The three most common scams victims fall for are the love scam, parcel scam and black money scam.

Under the parcel and love scams, the feelings of the victims are manipulated by syndicates to pressure them into giving money.

For the parcel scam, the suspect will meet and “fall in love” with the victim via social media before saying that he wants to send her a package as proof of his love.

Someone impersonating a Customs officer or courier company personnel will then contact the victim, demanding money as “tax” or “insurance fee” for the parcel.

The victim only realises that it is a scam when the promised parcel does not arrive and the syndicate continues to demand more money.

In the love scam, the suspect will first befriend and start a “relationship” with the victim, also over social media.

Before long, the suspect will profess his love for the victim, saying that he wants to come to Malaysia to marry her.

Upon arrival, he is “arrested” and either he or members of his syndicate will then contact the victim, demanding money for his release.

Black money scams have a completely different modus operandi.

The conman will try to convince the victim that piles of black-dyed, banknote-sized paper in a trunk or a safe has turned into money after being “washed” by a chemical solution.

The victim is then persuaded into paying for the chemical solution used to “wash” the money.

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answered on Apr 22, 2017 at 20:52
Return calls may be diverted to premium numbers locally or abroad

22 April 2017

GEORGE TOWN: If you receive a suspicious phone number beginning with ‘+447’, it’s wise to just ignore it.

Hundreds of people have recently been getting missed calls from a free phone forwarding service purportedly from the United Kingdom.

Those who returned missed calls from these 447 numbers may unknowingly have their calls diverted to premium phone numbers in Nigeria, Malaysia, India or Pakistan, which come with hefty charges.

This forwarding service is provided through a website,

The message read ‘Be aware of these numbers, +447417942301 and +447417942302. Don’t answer. It will cost you RM6 per answer.’


A businessman who wished to be known only as Marc said he received a missed call from a 447 number at nearly midnight on Wednesday and again the following morning.

“I neither answered, nor returned the calls. I know such things are usually scams and genuine overseas callers will surely send me a text message if I don’t call back,” he said.

Marc also said this month alone he received calls purportedly from banks that want him to confirm credit card transactions.

I got a call from a computer system declaring it was from a bank’s credit card service asking me to punch in numbers. I hung up right away.

“On Wednesday, I got another call from a man who said he was from another credit card company and I needed to confirm a transaction.

“When I refused, he threatened that he would have to report it and my credit rating would be affected. I didn’t bother and hung up
,” Marc said.

In 2015, Bukit Aman issued a public warning on foreign missed call traps that will exact high call charges from victims.
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answered on Jul 11, 2017 at 21:58
Syndicate luring contributors into making fraudulent EPF withdrawals

11 July 2017

PETALING JAYA: Scammers are aggressively using social media to lure Employees Provident Fund (EPF) members into withdrawing savings earlier than they are eligible to.

The syndicate targeted contributors who were desperate for quick cash, and in return asked for 30% to 60% in commission from the withdrawal amount.

It even blatantly used the EPF logo on its social media account in its bid to dupe the public.

“Many are in need of money. To those who have more than RM150,000 savings in their EPF account, please e-mail all your personal details to

“Financial freedom is in your hands. Apply with us and we guarantee that your application will be approved 100%,” read an advertisement posted on Facebook.
It was one of many such promotions detected by EPF recently.

The syndicate claimed it would be able to provide the necessary certificates for housing, education, incapacitation and health, among others, to help members withdraw their savings from EPF before they reach eligibility.

It is believed that the syndicate was in cahoots with some private colleges and medical practitioners to forge documents for such purposes. The syndicate posted several false testimonials on its account to show that some members have been receiving monthly payments from the fund.

It also openly recruited agents in various states, including Perak, Penang, Kedah and Perlis, offering a high commission if they succeeded in getting clients.

However, despite all that, the scammers have not been able to overcome the safeguards by EPF.

EPF deputy CEO (operations) Datuk Mohd Naim Daruwish said it has a comprehensive system to check and detect attempts at fraudulent withdrawals.

“We would like to warn such syndicates that we are aware of their scam. We hope members will not fall victim to their tricks. This is your hard-earned money for your retirement, why should you hand it over to the syndicates?” he told The Star in an interview recently....

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answered on Sep 4, 2017 at 03:46
edited Sep 27, 2017 at 03:21
Singaporean jailed for helping Nigerian boyfriend with scams


Aug 31, 2017 03:57 pm

She fell in love with a Nigerian man and allowed him to use her bank accounts to receive money for his purported clothing business.

But Singaporean Hasanah Abdullah, now 44, did not sever ties with Richard Osza when she found out he was a scam artist.

Instead, she asked him for a commission and managed to earn up to $60,000 for helping him with his criminal conduct.

The jobless woman was jailed for 29 months on Wednesday (Aug 30) after pleading guilty to two counts each of assisting another person to retain benefits of criminal conduct, removing the ill-gotten gains out of Singapore and dishonestly receiving stolen property.

Nineteen other charges, mainly for similar offences, were taken into consideration during sentencing.

Hasanah, who committed the offences between April 2014 and June 2015, moved to Malaysia in 2013 and met Osza there.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Chong Yonghui said: "As Hasanah continued to receive money for Richard, Hasanah suspected that Richard was, in fact, a scammer and the money that she was receiving on his behalf were the benefits of his criminal conduct.

"Hasanah's suspicion turned out to be correct as Richard subsequently introduced Hasanah to a number of his Nigerian friends who were all scammers."

She negotiated with Osza on the quantum of commission she could get for her role in their criminal activities.

"It was finally agreed between Hasanah and Richard that she would receive a commission of between 1 and 5 per cent for helping Richard receive and transfer the benefits of his criminal conduct," said DPP Chong.

As part of the agreement, the Nigerians would inform Hasanah whenever cash was deposited into her bank accounts.

She would then withdraw the money and hand the sum over to Osza in Malaysia after deducting a cut for her commission.

The victims' monies have not been recovered, the court heard.

In December 2014, the Singapore police asked Hasanah to assist them in their investigations as they had received several reports involving her bank accounts.
Officers also warned her not to allow others to use the accounts.

She ignored their warning and used a friend's account to continue receiving and transferring the benefits of Osza's criminal conduct.

According to court documents, Hasanah received $416,370.63 and transferred $305,307.63 in all.

Hasanah, who was unrepresented in court yesterday, was supposed to give a statement to the Commercial Affairs Department on May 18, 2015. But she failed to turn up.

A check with the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority revealed that she had left Singapore.

She was arrested about a month later when she tried to re-enter the country.
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answered on Oct 18, 2017 at 23:55
Man who gave ATM cards to ‘friend’ gets fines instead of commissions

October 18, 2017

KUALA LUMPUR: A man who hoped to earn thousands of ringgit in commissions gave his three ATM cards to a “friend” for a business venture but ended up being fined for fraud.

Tham Han Horng pleaded guilty to four charges under Section 411 of the Penal Code for dealing in stolen property, and was fined RM1,500 each by the magistrate’s court in Sungai Petani, Kedah, in August.

And that may not be the end of his trouble, as he could face a possible 13 more charges for fraud.

Tham brought his case to the attention of DAP Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng who decided to reveal it as a lesson to others not to fall victim to the scam.

Lim said Tham’s bank accounts were used by a syndicate to transfer money from its victims.

“He was charged in court where he pleaded guilty because he thought there were only four cases. Actually, there are 13 more all over Malaysia and he is likely to go to jail as he now has a criminal record,” said Lim.

Tham said that on April 2017, he and a friend, named Kelvin, decided to start an online business to sell clothes and shoes.

“I handed over my three ATM cards as he told me he was going to use my accounts for the online business.

“Kelvin said he would give me a commission of around RM1,600 a month to use the cards but I only received the amount once,” he said at the DAP Segambut service centre.

In August, Tham was arrested by three police officers from Kedah who told him that he was involved in an online scam.

After his arrest, he tried to contact Kelvin but his phone number had been disconnected.

Tham said the scam involved a bogus Facebook account advertising for easy loans.

“These quick loans are for those who didn’t qualify for bank loans. The accounts were used to transfer the processing fee of RM800 to RM1,000 from the victims supposedly for the loans to be approved,” he said.

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answered on Dec 27, 2017 at 20:23
Investment holiday scheme turns out to be a scam

27 December 2017

SEREMBAN: The dream of enjoying an affordable, even almost-free, holiday is just an illusion when investments made for the service amount to naught.

Sharing his bitter experience, a 63-year-old private sector retiree, who only wanted to be known as 'Razak', said he invested in a holiday investment scheme 13 years ago using part of his contribution in the Employees Provident Fund (EPF).

He said the company had since ceased operation and he was informed that part of his investment would be returned by the company but he was not told when the reimbursement would be made.

"I understand that they (the company) are currently arranging for the repayment of investments made by investors as the company is now dissolved. But since I was informed about it last year, they were non-committal after I asked them when the payment would be made.

"Although my investment did not reach tens of thousands of ringgit, I am still an aggrieved party because I did not get what was promised to me," he said when approached by Bernama.

Recalling his experience before making the investment, Razak said he was attracted to the holiday investment scheme after his friend introduced him to it.

He said it was probably because he was so excited about taking his family for a holiday and drawn by the attractive offers made via the investment scheme, he succumbed to the sweet promises made by the company.

"At first I was promised that my family and I could use the facilities available at their suites in Kuala Lumpur, such as the swimming pool, gym and other facilities, for free. Also, a one-night stay at the suite was free of charge.

"I was also informed that the company has resorts in several other states, including Negri Sembilan, and abroad ... and that I can stay at their resorts for free," he said.

However, Razak said, year after year he could only take his family to the company's suites in Kuala Lumpur and could only use the facilities but not put up for the night.

"Once I managed to spend the night at a suite with my family, but the process of obtaining the accommodation was a bit difficult as there were no vacant rooms each time I wanted to make a booking. Likewise, their resorts elsewhere never had vacant rooms each time I wanted to make a booking.

"This went on despite my paying the maintenance fee each month. Finally, I grew tired of making any more room reservations. I also don't visit their suites in Kuala Lumpur anymore. I felt cheated," he said.

Razak said he received a letter from the company at the end of last year saying that it had been dissolved and that they would return about 70% of his total investment.

"As I am not a wealthy man, I indeed look forward to getting back the money because the investment was truly a futile exercise," he said. — Bernama

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answered on Jan 6, 2018 at 16:49
Firm loses over RM4mil in e-mail scam

5 Jan 2018

JOHOR BARU: Several suspects have been arrested after an international commodity futures company was cheated of more than RM4mil in an elaborate e-mail scam.

It is learnt that the money was meant as payment for an insurance company based in Malaysia.

The Thailand-based futures company was due to remit the money when it received an e-mail that appeared to be sent by the insurance firm, saying that its bank account had been changed.

Sources said the e-mail appeared genuine, so the money was wired to the new account.

The fraud was only detected when the insurance company started asking its client when the payment would be made.

A police report was lodged and a team from the Johor Baru South Commercial Crime Investigation Unit subsequently arrested several people, including a Nigerian, in a series of raids here and in Selangor.

After initial investigations, police first arrested the account holder in Johor Baru.

The man, in his 50s, led them to some of the money and also surrendered ATM cards that were used to make the withdrawals.

A follow-up raid at a hotel in the city led to the arrest of several people, including a woman.

Police then tracked down the Nigerian and nabbed him in Puchong.

Sources said the case has been classified under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating.

Johor Baru South OCPD Asst Comm Shahuri­nain Jais confirmed the report but declined to reveal details, saying that investigations were still ongoing.

As of press time, it is still unclear how the suspects managed to get hold of the e-mails and details of the pending transaction between the two companies.

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