SHAH ALAM: A total of 25 Chinese and Taiwanese citizens were remanded for four days from yesterday to facilitate investigations into a ‘Macau Scam’ syndicate.

Magistrate Khairul Nizam Abu Bakar issued the remand order for 13 men and seven women from China, and four men and a woman from Taiwan, all aged between 20 and 30, for being suspected syndicate members.

They were arrested in a 3.30pm raid in Shah Alam, Selangor, on Wednesday.

It was discovered during the raid that Malaysia has become the operations centre for carrying out fraudulent activities against Taiwanese nationals – a syndicate dubbed the ‘Macau Scam’.

The case is being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code, which carries a maximum 10-year prison sentence, a fine and whipping, upon conviction.

Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) director Datuk Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani was previously reported as saying that the Macau Scam suspects had posed as officers from telecommunications companies in Taiwan.

"The suspects would call up and inform their victims that they owed a huge amount of Internet usage debt, and (demanded that they) make payment as soon as possible, by transferring money into a bank account in Taiwan," he said.

Acryl added that during the first four months of this year, 270 investigation papers were opened regarding the Macau Scam involving a loss of RM9.49 million. -- Bernama

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(File pix) A total of 25 Chinese and Taiwanese citizens were remanded for four days from yesterday to facilitate investigations into a ‘Macau Scam’ syndicate. Pix by Faiz Anuar