Scam syndicate leader believed to be responsible for at least RM175k in losses

Zulkipli (seated) speaking at the press conference.

SIBU, Dec 21: Three men from the Jason Group syndicate have been arrested for involvement in renting and buying ATM cards used for cheating cases, including in Macau scams.

“On December 14, a police team from the commercial crime division nabbed two men who are the agents of a syndicate headed by a person known as Jason@Ah Long. This led to the arrest of their leader on December 20,” said Sibu district police chief, ACP Zulkipli Suhaili at a press conference here today.

He said the group has been active since June this year.

During the operation, police seized 13 bank ATM cards, 16 phone SIM cards, a woman’s identity card, a car and six handphones from the suspects.

“The commercial crime intelligence system (CCIS) checking reveals that 11 bank accounts which were rented were involved in nine cheating cases with losses amounting to RM175,013.99,” he added.

Zulkipli said the syndicate leader’s modus operandi was to recruit agents from among the locals to look for people who are interested in either renting or selling their bank account.

“The account holders which they rent or buy from will be paid between RM400 to 500 depending on the type of account and bank,” he added.

He said an initial investigation revealed that the mule accounts were used in cheating cases which include Macau scams, e-commerce scams, non-existent loan schemes, and job scams. — DayakDaily