Yesterday (21 Dec), Bernama reported that a crime group from Sibu, Sarawak, known as ‘Kumpulan Jason (the Jason Group)’ were arrested by police for allegedly selling and renting out ATM cards to syndicates via local communities to be used in online fraud activities.
The arrests were carried out shortly after their leader, a 31-year-old local man, was caught by Sibu District Police Headquarters’ Commercial Crime Investigation Department on the day before (20 Dec).
Sibu District Police chief ACP Zulkipli Suhaili (pictured above) revealed that police had been gathering intelligence on the group as far back as June of this year, allowing them to locate the group’s leader.
This was preceded by another arrest of two other local males whom police suspected were mules tasked with buying ATM cards for the syndicate.
ACP Zulkipli Suhaili explained how the leader would recruit ‘agents’ among locals to look for people willing to rent or sell their bank accounts.
“The accounts will be rented or sold for between RM400 and RM500 depending on the type of account and the bank.
“Following the arrest of all the suspects, we seized 13 ATM cards, 16 SIM cards, one identification card of a woman, six handphones and one Perodua Axia car,” ACP Zulkipli told Bernama.
As a preventive measure, he advised the public not to give their bank account information to any party in order to gain monetary profit.
If you or a loved one has been scammed or have suspicions that you are being scammed, feel free to contact:
- Your nearest police station
- The CCID Portal
- The CCID Infoline: 013-211-1222
- CCID Response Centre: 03-2610-1559
- Cyber Crime Alert Royal Malaysia Police
- National Scam Response Centre (NSRC): 997