PUTRAJAYA – The biggest online scam syndicate involving 680 Chinese Nationals who have been operating at a six-storeys building in Cyberjaya was busted by the Immigration Department of Malaysia.
The Director-General of Immigration, Datuk Khairul Dzaimee Daud said, all suspects including 77 women aged between 19 and 35 were arrested in an operation yesterday.
All the suspects were engaging in the scam activity targeting victims in China during the raid.
According to him, the premise was rented at the rate of RM360,000 per month and they have been operating for more than six months.
“About 100 to 150 suspects managed to escape during the raid. Some of the were injured. Our enforcers are in the mission of tracking them down.
“A total of 8,230 mobile phones, 174 laptops and 787 personal computers were seized during the raid.
“Provocations by the operators happened when we raided the premise. Some of the suspects rammed and attacked our members. Some of them sustained light injuries and they were treated. The situation was under control with the assistance of the Selangor and Federal Territories Immigration,” he said in a news conference today.
All items confiscated under the provision in the Anti-Money Laundering Act 2001 (AMLA) for further investigation and the information obtained will be handed over to the police, Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) and the Companies Commission of Malaysia (SSM) for further actions.
According to Khairul, most of the suspects entered the country through valid Social Visit Pass. However, further inspection by the Immigration Department found that almost all of the suspects arrested could not provide valid travel document and no one come forward with the passports of the suspects.
“The Chinese Embassy in Malaysia has been informed about the arrest last night. We have yet to receive any response from the embassy,” he added.
According to him, all of them were arrested under Section 39 (b) Regulation 39(b) Immigration Regulations Act 1963 for breach of the pass, permit or border passes conditions, Section 6(1)(c) of the Immigration Act 1959/63 for living and staying in Malaysia without a valid pass or permit and Section 15(1)(c) under the similar act for living in Malaysia after a pass or permit has expired or revoked.
“At this moment, we are in the process of recording their details and thumbprints using the biometric system. All suspects will be charged and blacklisted from entering the country in the future. We will also hunt for the mastermind behind the company and the illegal activity.
“Based on our intelligence for over two months, they have been running the illegal investment and forex scam targeting victims from China by offering high and speedy returns through cunning and systematic modus operandi to avoid from being traced by their victims,” he said.
Under their modus operandi, the syndicate will send a code to their customers from a certain website in Mandarin using its application and all transactions are performed using WeChatPay or banks in China.
“Based on our 60-day intelligence survey, we found that the premise was operating as their call canter and it was guarded by security personnel. Each floor was equipped with tight security system and only those with access cards can enter the building.
“There were also closed circuit television (CCTV) to monitor the entry and exit of every individual in that area. -MalaysiaGazette