Scammer: 97 suspects arrested, using a vacation home as a call center for fraud

By Aida Aziz
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IPOH: A total of 97 individuals have been arrested, believed to be involved in an online investment fraud syndicate operating from a vacation home at Pulau Pangkor last Tuesday.

Perak Police Chief, Datuk Seri Mohd Yusri Hassan Basri, said that all 97 suspects included one local man, one Chinese man, 65 Vietnamese men, one Chinese woman, and 29 Vietnamese women.

He further explained that all the suspects were aged between 20 and 47 years old.

Mohd Yusri added that the arrests were carried out by the police from the Perak Contingent Police Headquarters (IPK) and the Manjung District Police Headquarters (IPD).

“The foreign nationals detained had some with passports and some without.

“It is understood that on the day of the arrest, they had just checked into the vacation home to use it as a call center for fraudulent activities.

“The police also seized three laptops, 120 mobile phones, two modems, two notebooks, and cash amounting to RM51,254.

“This success is the result of the cooperation of the public in providing information about suspicious activities conducted by the criminals,” he said in a statement here today.

He further stated that the case is being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code.

Therefore, he said the police highly welcome any information, especially from building management and the public, regarding suspicious activities and encourage them to report such information to the nearest police station.

The public is also advised to stay informed about the latest fraud tactics and modus operandi used by scammers through various official social media platforms of the authorities.

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