Malacca police smash 'Macau scam' syndicate

Malacca police smash 'Macau scam' syndicate
Some of the suspects who were detained during the raid at the premises in Puncak Bertam in Cheng.

MALACCA - Another international syndicate involved in a "Macau scam" where victims were cheated of millions of ringgit here, has been smashed.

Malacca police busted the ring with the arrest of 10 foreigners, its police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Chuah Ghee Lye said.

He said the suspects from Taiwan and China were caught red-handed during the 11am raid by a team of police officers from the state commercial crime, Bukit Aman and Johor Baru. The suspects are also on the wanted list of Beijing police.

The foreigners, including four women, aged between 20 and 30, were allegedly involved in an international scam syndicate, which raked in over RM11mil from victims residing in China and Taiwan since October.

DCP Chuah said the syndicate, which originated from Macau, had used Malacca as its operation base for the first time.

"They rented two rows of shophouses at a commercial hub here to operate their illegal activities while all of them had entered the country on tourist visa passes," he said at the raid site in Puncak Bertam in Cheng here yesterday.

He said the intelligence shared by the Chinese police had led to the arrest of the foreigners, along with a local who had rented the premises.

DCP Chuah said the group turned the Malacca base into "call centres" deceiving multiple victims in China and Taiwan by posing as Chinese law enforcement officials and bank officers, telling victims over the phone that criminals had used their bank accounts.

"Victims were asked to transfer their money to a foreign-based bank account.

"The victims would lose their savings and would realise later that they had been duped," he said, adding that the calls were made via Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology instead of a public switched telephone network.

It is learnt that Chinese police had been investigating the activities of the syndicate in Malacca since October after the group had conned victims in China and Taiwan.

DCP Chuah said the arrest was a major success for Malacca police as the syndicate was smashed within a month of operation.

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