Malaysia cops smash ring of Nigerian conmen

PETALING JAYA - A Nigerian syndicate, which conned victims into parting with their money, has been smashed by the police with the arrest of 21 people.

Many of those nabbed were college students aged between 25 and 30.

One of the victims was a 50-year-old nurse, who met a Nigerian man named "Collins" on Facebook in June last year, Cheras OCPD Asst Comm Chong Kok Sin said.

"He persuaded her to deposit money into two bank accounts for an oil rig project in Miri," he said, adding that the nurse made seven transactions amounting to RM18,400 (S$6,010) before realising that she was being conned.

ACP Chong said a Malaysian man who owned one of the bank accounts was arrested in Port Klang on June 6.

"His account was used by the syndicate. He has no previous criminal record. He was released on police bail," he said.

The other bank account owner - a Malaysian woman - was also nabbed with her Nigerian husband on Oct 20.

"Money deposited into her account was withdrawn by the husband, who distributed it to his Nigerian accomplices.

"Then they transferred the money to international bank accounts," he said.

ACP Chong said based on information provided by the couple, the police arrested nine suspects at a house in Taman Bukit Desa, Kepong, on Oct 20.

Two days later, the police raided three houses in Daman­sara Perdana and caught 10 people.

Police seized four ATM cards, 19 mobile phones, seven laptops, seven pen drives and 35 SIM cards.

The suspects were arrested on suspicion of cheating and failure to produce valid travel documents.