Taiwan, China, Malaysia bust large-scale telecom fraud: CIB
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- As many as 46 Taiwanese suspected of involvement in telecom fraud in Malaysia were deported back to Taiwan on Jan. 21-22, according to a release issued yesterday by the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB, 刑事警察局).
January 24, 2013, 12:03 am TWN
Forty-four of them were taken into custody yesterday morning after being questioned by the Hsinchu District Court.
CIB officials said that Malaysian law enforcement officials arrested 46 Taiwanese, four mainland Chinese and one Malaysian national on Dec. 24, 2012 for their alleged role in an international phone scam targeting mainland Chinese nationals in Malaysia.
The fraud was busted as a result of long-term cooperation among Taiwan's CIB, mainland China's Criminal Investigation Department under the Ministry of Public Security, and Malaysian police authorities, according to the release.
The CIB cited Khamar Rudin, an official from the Commercial Crime Investigation Department under the Royal Malaysian Police, as saying that the suspects had allegedly set up two server sites in Selangor, on the west coast of peninsular Malaysia, and in Kuala Lumpur and that the illegal money earned from the fraud was estimated to be over 1 billion yuan (US$34.4 million).
Malaysian law enforcement officials also seized computers and telecommunications equipment, as well as handbooks on how to conduct a telecom-based fraud, during a raid at a luxury housing complex in Kuala Lumpur.
Rudin told CIB officials that the fraud suspects hacked into the online banking accounts of mainland Chinese people in Malaysia to access their personal data, and then called the victims impersonating judges, prosecutors, or public security division chiefs. The conmen told victims that their banking accounts were allegedly involved in a money-laundering scam and asked them to transfer their deposits to designated “safe accounts.”