47 foreigners arrested for forex fraud

Kuala Lumpur: An international online fraud syndicate was busted after 49 individuals were arrested at a premises in Bukit Bintang. The building suspected of being used as a call center.

Bukit Aman Crime Investigation Department director Datuk Seri Ramli Mohamed Yoosuf said the syndicate was believed to have been operating for the past six months by offering forex exchange investment schemes.

According to him, a total of 47 foreigners and two locals were arrested on suspicion of being members of a syndicate suspected of targeting victims from Europe, including citizens of France, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and Switzerland.

“This group randomly send short messages via Telegram and the Riacapital website containing links to online investment advertisements.

“They use Zopier and Link CRM applications for victims who are interested in investment offers to be taught to invest in the scheme,” he said at a press conference at Menara KPJ, here today.

According to him, the arrest consisted of two local citizens and 47 foreigners, including 31 men and 18 women aged between 20 and 41 years.

He said, foreigners were detained involving 11 Guineans; Algeria (eight), Togo (four), Ukraine (four) and three each from Morocco and Mauritius.

Also arrested, two each from Cameroon, Congo and Tunisia while one from Armenia, Senegal, Haiti, Djibouti, Madagascar and Chad.

“We believe that the two Malaysians acted as facilitators who helped move the syndicate while the foreigners who were arrested, some had expired visit passes and misused student passes.

“In the operation, the police also seized 47 sets of computers, 49 mobile phones, six laptops and two televisions,” he said.

The case is being investigated according to Section 420 of the Penal Code (KK) and 511 of the KK.

“So far two arrested Malaysians have been released on bail after their remand ended.

“A foreign woman was also released on police bail because she was pregnant, while the other suspects were remanded under the Immigration Act 1959/63 until February 23 and 24 respectively,” he said.

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