Job scam syndicate in Kuching busted, 65 individuals arrested

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KUCHING, Dec 1: A total of 65 individuals, aged between 16 and 50, have been arrested for alleged involvement in a job scam syndicate in Kuching recently.

Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) director Comm Datuk Seri Ramli Mohamed Yoosuf said the arrest was made in four locations last Monday (Nov 27), The Star reported.

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday (Nov 29), he reportedly explained that the syndicate was operating a call centre offering non-existent jobs.

Victims were charged an ‘advanced fee’ and promised a refund plus commission for each completed task. One of the tasks was to provide reviews on a website offering cheap flight tickets.

However, the syndicate never made any payment to the victims.

They were targeting victims from Australia and South America, such as Brazil, Peru, Paraguay, Chile, etc.

Ramli also reportedly said among the arrested was a 45-year-old man believed to be the syndicate’s mastermind.

Meanwhile, the seized items included 137 mobile phones, 45 computers, six modems, a laptop, five watches, and four vehicles.

The case is being investigated under Sections 420 and 120B of the Penal Code. — DayakDaily