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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 Jan 6, 2018 at 16:54
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No scammer is getting anything from this 69-year-old

5 Jan 2018

KUALA LUMPUR: For over a month, Yap Chin Kee has been receiving countless calls claiming to be from a bank.

The callers tried to threaten him, saying legal action would be taken if he did not pay off his bank loans.

But Yap was not that easy to fool as he had read about cases of phone scammers and exercised caution when dealing with such calls.

He calmly told the callers that he would ensure that all his debts were paid on time.

“I sensed that something was amiss because at no point during the calls did they ask me to pay a specific amount of money.

They were more interested in trying to obtain my full name and IC number,” he told a press conference organised by MCA Public Services and Complaints Depart­ment head Datuk Seri Michael Chong yesterday.

Yap, 69, said the phone calls started in November last year and each call ended with a similar threat.

“In total, I think there were no less than 20 calls from three separate numbers, claiming they were calling from a bank.

“At one time, I was close to switching off the phone when it rang.

“Early last month, I decided to visit my bank branch to find out what was the problem,” Yap added.

To his surprise, a bank officer told Yap the numbers were not associated with them.

A police report was lodged on Wednesday over the attempted scam.

“It’s good that he was alert. But it’s worrying how these scammers got hold of his personal details,” Chong said.

Source: https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/01/05/no-scammer-is-getting-anything-from-this-69yearold/
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Scheme flops, loan shark bites upline

GEORGE TOWN: An investment scheme player claims he is now in trouble after recruiting a downline member who turns out to be a loan shark.

After the scheme involving digital currency collapsed, the downline demanded to have his money back.

Poh Aik Chong, 40, said he feared for his life after he was threatened by the loan shark by the surname of Tan.

He said after the scheme collapsed, Tan looked for him.

“When I met him, he brought two other people along and told me I had to return his investments of RM70,000 in two months and I could not give any excuses.

“The way they spoke to me was frightening. I felt threatened and intimidated.

“I explained that although I was their upline, they invested in the online system directly.”

Poh said he asked Tan to share his account password to enable Poh to check his investments.

Instead, Tan sent Poh his bank account number via an SMS.

He wanted his money back and had given the deadline of Jan 23.

Poh said he then lodged a police report and decided to share his story with the help of the state MCA.

Its public services and complaints bureau chief Gui Guat Lye helped arrange a press conference for him at the party’s state headquarters in Transfer Road yesterday.

Gui said he would look into the matter and contact the police to see what could be done to help Poh.

Poh said he wished Tan and his friends would understand that he did not control any of his down-line’s accounts.

Poh said his school friend introduced him to the digital currency scheme in Aug 2016.

“The company was owned by a Vietnamese national named Thuan.

“They told me about their branches in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi and asked me to open a recruiting office in Penang.

“At an annual dinner hosted by BTCI System here, I met a man who became my downline and recruited Tan,” he said.

Poh said he set up the Penang office for the scheme last February with funds from Thuan, and the company suddenly closed down in June and Thuan disappeared.

Source: https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/01/06/scheme-flops-loan-shark-bites-upline-recruiter-fears-for-his-life-after-downline-member-demands-retu/
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answered on Mar 5, 2018 at 15:50
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If you have been scammed and tricked into depositing money or payments into bank accounts in Malaysia, make a police report and the Commercial Crime Investigation Department will deal with it when 2 or more reports have been received. If only one police report is received, such fraudulent account will be blacklisted and be listed on their website: http://ccid.rmp.gov.my/semakmule/

Cops cracking down on mule accounts to curb rise in cybercrimes

5 March 2018

KUALA LUMPUR, March 5 — With the rise of cybercrimes, the police have launched a nationwide crackdown on mule accounts in a bid to cripple syndicates involved in fraudulent activities.

Federal Commercial Crime Investigations Department (CCID) director Commissioner Datuk Seri Amar Singh said a total of 44 account holders involved in 319 cases with a recorded loss of RM17.29 million have been detained since the operation commenced last Thursday.

All of those picked up were aged between 21 and 57, with 27 of the suspects being women.

Mule accounts are local bank accounts used by syndicate members comprised of mostly foreigners to withdraw and deposit their illicit gains from frauds.

“Most of the account holders are housewives who were tricked into giving their bank details to be misuse by the scammers impersonating as a love interest.

“Some of them are aware of the ongoing scam by allowing the suspects to use their account to deposit money,” Amar said at the federal CCID headquarters here.

The police said at least 40 per cent of commercial crime cases reported involved common cybercrimes such as the Macau Scam, African Scam and E-Financial Fraud (online shopping scams).

Amar said in 2016, 12,766 out of 32,871 cases (39 per cent) involved cybercrime, increasing to 13,714 out of 30,612 cases (44.7 per cent) last year.

“For the first quarter of 2018, we have 42.6 per cent of similar cases reported involving at least RM60million in losses,” he said.

Statistics also showed that 1,072 accounts were involved in 1,247 cases last year, compared to 973 accounts involving 1,033 cases in 2016.

He said police identified such accounts after receiving at least five reports involving the three modus operandi concerning the account in question.

“We urged the public not to be easily swayed by individuals by offering them their bank account details as they can be arrested for criminal abetment.

We will also be going after accounts that have been reported at least two to three times to leave no stone unturned as it is an ongoing operation,” he said.

Malaysians can visit the official federal CCID portal, http://ccid.rmp.gov.my/semakmule/ to check the status of a blacklisted mule account before making any financial transactions.

Fraudulent accounts that have been reported to the police at least once will be automatically blacklisted on the portal’s database.

Source: https://sg.news.yahoo.com/cops-cracking-down-mule-accounts-curb-rise-cybercrimes-050000263.html
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answered on Oct 23, 2018 at 09:16
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Probe on 40,000 mule accounts

23 Oct 2018

KUALA LUMPUR: Police have set their sights on close to 40,000 bank account holders said to be providing mule accounts for online scammers here.

According to Bukit Aman, the number of mule accounts has increased almost eight-fold since 2015.

Federal Commercial Crime Investigation Department(CCID) director Comm Datuk Seri Amar Singh said all the department’s ­resources would be deployed to crack down on the 39,743 bank accounts identified.

“These mule accounts have increased to an alarming number compared to 5,411 in 2015.

“The problem is how easy it is to open an account and how easily people allow these scammers to use their accounts,” he said at the Federal CCID headquarters here yesterday.

He said they have advised banks to be more thorough in their process of opening bank accounts. Mule account holders or money mules refer to a person who transfers money acquired illegally on behalf of others.

The mule is often paid for services with a small part of the money transferred.

In some cases the mules are recruited online for what they think is legitimate employment, and are unaware that the money they are transferring is linked to crime.

The money is transferred from the mule’s account to the syndicate usually in another country.

“Based on our findings, there are at least 4,729 mule accounts involved in three or more cases.

Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/10/23/probe-on-40000-mule-accounts-cops-cracking-down-on-online-scams/
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answered on Nov 9, 2018 at 00:19
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Beware of scammers impersonating court officials: PKPMP

November 7, 2018

PUTRAJAYA: The Federal Court Chief Registrar’s Office (PKPMP) has confirmed receiving complaints from the public about scammers pretending to be court officials and demanding payment.

PKPMP said in a statement today that among the calls were for payment of outstanding debt, summonses, failing to settle the Goods and Services Tax (GST), drug-related offences and more.

It believed that the use of name and the court's identity to be the latest modus operandi adopted by Macau Scam syndicate members to con the public.

PKPMP urged members of the public to verify such calls by forwarding their complaints or enquiries to komunikasikorporat@kehakiman.gov.my.

They can also make further enquiry by calling (03) 8880 3500/(03) 8880 4607 (Peninsular Malaysia); (088) 286 100/(088) 675 570/(089) 764 401 (Sabah); or (082) 442 228/(085) 418 118/(084) 333 788/(086) 334 189 (Sarawak).

PKPMP also advised those who have fallen victim to lodge a police report and forward it to the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) for further action.

Yesterday, it was reported that an electronics engineer had lost RM70,000 after being cheated by a Macau Scam syndicate.

The 31-year-old victim received a call from a woman, claiming to be from the Kuala Lumpur High Court. She accused him of failing to pay his GST among other offences. -- BERNAMA

Source: https://www.nst.com.my/news/crime-courts/2018/11/429229/beware-scammers-impersonating-court-officials-pkpmp
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answered on Dec 30, 2018 at 21:06
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There’s no shortage of fools for ridiculous schemes

Tuesday, 12 Jul 2016

PETALING JAYA: No matter how odd it may sound, someone out there will fall for it.

These include investing in earthworms and fertilisers, dairy cows, swiftlet farming or birds’ nest, catfish, rolling chips for casinos and kiddy rides.

The Companies Commission of Malaysia (SSM) listed a number of illegal investment schemes, some run by syndicates, in a letter to the Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) back in 2010.

The letter was posted on CAP’s website as a caution to the public.

Back then, there was also a complaint about a leech farm but there was not much information about it.

Such illegal investment schemes have been investigated by the authorities with various action taken against the culprits, including injunctions to stop them from operating.

There were also criminal proceedings and fines slapped on these companies. SSM had also highlighted these scams through the media to warn the public.

A photo of four Malaysian “Datuks” linked to the busted Ufun scam had also been recently circulated on social media.

The men – identified only as Liew, Taniel, Bright and Warren in the picture – were believed to be on the wanted list after Thailand police busted the scam last year.

It was reported that the Ufun pyramid scheme – which involved the selling and buying of a cryptocurrency called Utoken that members could use to buy merchandise online or invest in property – was believed to have raked in hundreds of million ringgit in Thailand.

Instead of selling products, the company focused on urging members to expand their teams by offering high-value items such as cars or gold bars, said the then Thai police commissioner-general Somyot Poompanmoung in a report.

Yesterday, CAP president S.M. Mohamed Idris said authorities should come down hard on companies and individuals running dubious scams.

It was crucial, he said, for enforcement officers to conduct random inspections on newly registered companies.

“There is no way to track these companies or individuals until something happens or when someone lodges a report.

“So, the authorities must go to these offices and do spot checks or go undercover as a customer to find out their real modus operandi,” he said.

Mohamed Idris also urged the Domestic Trade, Co-Operatives and Consumerism Ministry, Bank Negara and SSM to come up with a comprehensive checklist of red flags for investors to look out for before forking out their money.

“This will be a guide for Malaysians to check whether an investment is legal or otherwise,” he added.

Source: https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2016/07/12/theres-no-shortage-of-fools-for-ridiculous-schemes/
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answered on Dec 30, 2018 at 21:10
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Hitting back at the scammers

Saturday, 27 Aug 2016

PETALING JAYA: More discerning online users are “fighting back” against scammers instead of just letting them off the hook.

The Star journalist Nurbaiti Hamdan came across her first scammer trying to cheat her of RM477 when she posted an ad for a book on a secondhand marketplace online.

She wanted to sell the book for a mere RM20.

“It was my first posting on that website. A few days later, someone called Farina who claimed she lived in Belgium messaged me asking if I could post the book to her sister in Kedah,” she said.

Farina also wanted to take the conversation private and asked for Nurbaiti’s mobile number to discuss “a better deal”.

“I didn’t see any harm in that so I gave her my mobile number. Almost immediately, she messaged me on WhatsApp,” Nurbaiti said.

Halfway through the chat, Nurbaiti received a notification that Farina’s user account on the website was suspended.

“Someone tried to log into my account so I lodged a complaint,” Farina explained.

Nurbaiti continued the chat and asked Farina to include another RM3 for the postage to Kedah. Farina then asked for Nurbaiti’s banking details.

“Two hours later, she claimed to have wired me the money and a notification had been sent to my email. I saw an email from a ‘Credit Europe Bank’ saying I’d received an ‘overcharged’ payment of RM500 and I had to return the balance of RM477,” she said.

It was then that Nurbaiti realised she was dealing with a scammer while “Farina” kept pressing her to make the payment.

She started conversing in Malay asking why she had to return the RM477 when she did not see any extra RM500 in her bank account. Farina asked her to speak in English.

Farina also threatened that the “state police” and the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) would take action against Nurbaiti if she did not pay.

Nurbaiti shared screenshots of the conversation with the scammer on her Facebook and the post was shared more than 600 times.

“I have a scammer at hand, and all I could think of was ‘do you really think I’m that stupid to fall for this?’ So I decided to troll the person. It was also the most elaborate scam I’ve encountered so far. I usually receive emails from ‘Nigerian princes’ or ‘successful businessmen’ asking me if I want to do business with them,” she said.

Meanwhile, an IT security consultant who only wanted to be known as Amir, 32, took matters into his own hands and sent a virus to the scammers.

“I have received numerous emails which I knew were scams but one day I replied one of their emails.

“They claimed to be from a church that had received a large sum of money and wanted to send the money out of their ‘corrupt country’,” he said, adding that after some correspondence, the syndicate told him they wanted to transfer the money to his account and would give him a cut. He agreed and passed them a fake bank account number.

“They replied me later saying they had sent the money but it was held by the authorities until a tax on it was paid.

“I knew they would ask me for cash and true enough they asked me if I could pay the US$10,000 (RM40,206) tax.

“I transferred US$1 (RM4.02) via Western Union to them. They were not impressed and threatened to hurt me if I ever go to Nigeria. I told them I would transfer the rest of the money,” he said.

Amir then downloaded a ransomware virus and sent it to them via email.

“I never heard from them again,” he said.

Source: https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2016/08/27/hitting-back-at-the-scammers/
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answered on Dec 30, 2018 at 21:12
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Senior citizen loses over RM200,000 in Macau Scam

Sunday, 30 Dec 2018

JOHOR BARU: A senior citizen lost more than RM200,000 when she became a victim of the Macau Scam syndicate.

It is learnt that the victim, a 60-year-old female retiree from Segamat, received a call from the syndicate on Dec 19 before transferring her money in stages until Dec 27.

Johor police chief Comm Datuk Mohd Khalil Kader Mohd said the victim lodged a police report on Saturday (Dec 29) after paying the syndicate RM230,000.

“The victim received a call from a suspect claiming to be an officer with Pos Malaysia Bhd.

“The 'officer' informed the victim that she has debts with the Inland Revenue Board (IRB), and that the Putrajaya Federal Court has issued a warrant of  arrest against her as well as freezing her assets,” he added.

He said another suspect then contacted her claiming to be a police officer from Sabah.

The suspect accused her of being involved with money laundering activities.

“Because of the threats made against her, the victim then transferred the amount to one of the suspect's account in stages,” he said in a statement on Sunday (Dec 30).

The case is being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating.

Source: https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/12/30/senior-citizen-loses-over-rm200000-in-macau-scam/
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answered on Jun 26, 2019 at 14:38
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Engineer loses RM350k to phone scam

26 Jun 2019

SEREMBAN: An engineer was conned of RM350,000 in a scam after she was accused of being involved in money-laundering and drug-related activities.

The 41-year-old woman from Bandar Seri Putra in Kajang first received a telephone call allegedly made by a Pos Malaysia staff from Kuala Lumpur around 10.30am on June 14.

She was told  there was a package containing an identity card and a black jacket for her to collect.

State Commercial Crimes Department chief Supt Aibee Ab Ghani said when the victim denied the package belonged to her, the call was transferred to one "Sjn Teoh", supposedly from the state police contingent in Sabah.

Sjn Teoh then told the victim that she was involved in money-laundering and drug-smuggling activities.

"This Sjn Teoh then sent her an image of an arrest warrant with the victim's name via WhatsApp and transferred the line to one 'Insp Khoo'.

"The victim got really worried and asked Insp Khoo for help," he said.

Supt Aibee said on June 18, the victim received a call from Insp Khoo, who asked her to open an account at Bank Rakyat.

He then asked her to withdraw her savings totalling RM70,000 from Amanah Saham Bhd and to remit the money into the new account.

"Two days later, this Insp Khoo asked her to withdraw her savings from Tabung Haji totalling RM280,000 and to remit it into the same account at the bank located in Bandar Baru Nilai.

"He then asked her to wait till police completed their probe and said she should keep the matter a secret," he said.

Supt Aibee said the victim became worried when she did not hear from Insp Khoo and decided to contact the Sabah police contingent on June 24, only to be told that there was no officer with such a name.

The victim, who realised she had been scammed, lodged a report on the same day.

Supt Aibee said the case was being probed under section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating, which provides a jail term of up to 10 years and whipping and fine upon conviction.

Source: https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2019/06/26/engineer-loses-rm350k-to-phone-scam/
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