Petaling Jaya Police arrest 21 in Nigerian Facebook scam syndicate knew as Collins
Police in Petaling Jaya, Selangor, have arrested 21 people they believe were involved in a Nigerian con gang, including a number of students between the ages of 25 and 50, according to a report on The Star Online.
Cheras police chief Chong Kok Sin said one of the victims was tricked out of more than RM18,000 by a man she knew as “Collins” on Facebook.
“He persuaded her to deposit money into two bank accounts for an oil rig project in Miri,” he said, adding that the nurse, 50, did so in seven transactions.
Chong said police arrested a Malaysian man in Port Klang on June 6, into whose accounts the money was flowing.
“His account was used by the syndicate. He has no previous criminal record. He was released on police bail,” he said, adding that money was also going into the account of a Malaysian woman married to a Nigerian. The two were arrested on October 20.
“Money deposited into her account was withdrawn by the husband, who distributed it to his Nigerian accomplices.
“Then they transferred the money to international bank accounts,” he said.
Chong said that police then moved in and arrested 19 people living at a number of addresses in Taman Bukit Desa, Kepong, and Damansara Perdana, Petaling Jaya, where they also seized ATM cards, mobile phones, laptops, flash drives and SIM cards.
Police are holding the suspects on suspicion of multiple offences, including cheating and failure to produce valid Immigration documents.