Five Nigerian students have been arrested and detained in Malaysia over alleged involvement in an internet fraud amounting to N125.2 million (RM2.4 million) in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur.
The five students, aged between 20 and 30, and pursuing Information Technology courses in a leading private college in Kuala Lumpur, were arrested on June 30, 2015, in different areas in the country, including Petaling Jaya, Cyberjaya, Damansara and Kuala Lumpur.
Following the arrest of the five students, police also detained two local women, aged 40 and 55, who are the owners of the accounts used by the syndicate, said Penang Commercial Crimes chief ACP Azmi Adam.
ACP Azmi said police also seized five laptops, 20 smart phones, ATM cards, SIM cards and documents believed to have been used to con their victims.
He said police launched “Operation Merpati” after receiving a report from the owner of an ice block producing factory in George Town who claimed he had been cheated by the syndicate.
The 62-year-old victim said he received an e-mail from the syndicate in March, informing him that he was among 50 recipients selected to receive RM15.9 million from the government of the United States.
“The e-mail requested the victim to follow certain procedures to ensure he did not miss the opportunity.
‘’Convinced by the contents of the e-mail, the victim carried out 51 transactions involving money, to accounts numbers given by the syndicate before realising it was a scam. He later lodged a police report,” he said.
Azmi said initial investigations revealed that the syndicate had conned several victims to the tune of RM2.4 million.
Police have also found transactions involving up to RM1 million that were banked in a neighbouring country.