12 Chinese arrested in Malaysia telecom fraud
Authorities claim that the suspects were "well-trained" and threatened to freeze their victims' bank accounts
The Police in Malaysia have arrested 12 Chinese suspects in a crackdown on cross-border cyber crime.
The suspects, all aged between 19 and 36, carried out their hacking operations from a bungalow near Kuala Lumpur.
“They impersonated Malaysian investigators to cheat victims on the phone and demanded them to transfer funds to the suspects’ bank account,” a Crime investigation officer said.
The Police have seized 41 landline phones, 21 mobile phones, laptops, broadband devices, printers and documents when they raided the bungalow. They are still investigating the amount of money the suspects have swindled.
Over the last year, Malaysian authorities have arrested at least 240 people and busted 204 telecom fraud syndicates that swindled 3.5 million ringgit ($1.16 million).