ALOR SETAR: Police have crippled an online fraud syndicate with the arrest of eight males and a lady in operations in Kedah and Penang on Thursday (Jan 20).
Kedah police chief Comm Wan Hassan Wan Ahmad mentioned all of the suspects, aged between 19 and 51 years outdated, had been nabbed by a workforce from the Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigation Department and the Kedah Police Contingent Headquarters.
“The suspects had been arrested in 4 simultaneous raids at 1.15pm Thursday and the preliminary investigations discovered that they’ve been concerned with the actions since final yr by impersonating officers from authorities companies together with the Inland Revenue Board,” he informed a press convention right here Sunday (Jan 23).
During the operations, police additionally confiscated a number of gadgets together with laptops, cell phones, three automobiles and money amounting to RM14,000.
He mentioned all of the suspects have been remanded till Tuesday (Jan 25) for investigations underneath Section 420 of the Penal Code, including that police are monitoring down two extra males, aged 38 and 41 years outdated, respectively, who’re believed to be concerned within the case.
Meanwhile, Comm Wan Hassan mentioned a complete of 1,881 industrial crime instances had been recorded within the state final yr, a rise from 1,125 instances in 2020, of which 90% had been associated to online purchases, Macau scams, non-existent loans and investments in addition to love scams.
“The whole losses in 2021 recorded a rise to greater than RM28mil in comparison with RM17mil in 2020,” he mentioned.
In this regard, he suggested the general public to not be deceived by cellphone calls acquired from unknown people disguised as officers from authorities companies and to hunt affirmation by contacting the CCID Scam Response Centre at 03-2610 1559/1599. – Bernama