8 April 2008
A group of seven men, including a Taiwanese, have been arrested on suspicion of short message scams involving at least RM1 million. The numerous scams were reported in Johor, Selangor, Penang, Negri Sembilan and Perak.
The scam syndicate would send short messages to victims notifying them of some prize winnings and required them to deposit money into a bank account as administration fees before they could claim them.
Amounts between RM1,000 and RM37,000 were deposited by the victims. 14 victims deposited RM85,000 between 1 and 15 March 2008 as they were promised luxury cars and cash prizes related to the Petronas Super Car Craze promotion, which had since ended.
The men were picked up at Sungei Week two weeks ago and are remanded by the police.
The Star Online – Seven held over SMS scams