Scratch-and-win scammers busted in Malaysia

Scratch-and-win scammers busted in Malaysia

JOHOR BARU: Police have busted a scratch-and-win syndicate operating in the city here following the arrest of two men believed to be involved in the scam.

The Johor Commercial Crime and Investigation Department nabbed the suspects, believed to be in their 20s, while they were operating from a kiosk in a mall around 4pm on Wednesday.

The suspects had been operating for about a week before one of their victims lodged a police reportThe suspects had been operating for about a week before one of their victims lodged a police report  after losing RM2,100 (S$780) from his bank account, said state deputy police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Ismail Yatim.

"They have a new modus operandi by which the suspects request for the customer's debit card, credit card or ATM card on the pretence that they just want to acquire details.

"However, the suspects then proceed to deduct an amount without the card holder's consent," he told reporters at a news conference at the state police headquarters here yesterday.

DCP Ismail said the suspects would also offer discount vouchers for electrical items and RM100 worth of free gifts to lure the victims.

"We are still investigating the total losses and the number of victims involved in the scam," he said, adding that the suspects had been remanded to assist in investigations under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating.

Items seized in the case included water filters, body massagers, scratch forms and electrical appliances.

DCP Ismail urged the public with informa­tion or who have been cheated by the scammers to call the police hotline at 07-221 2999 or lodge a report at the nearest station.

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