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Cops Bust Scam Syndicate Using Fake Overseas Job Offers

PETALING JAYA: Scammers offering fake jobs have finally been caught by the long arm of the law after tricking victims since 2020.

Bukit Aman’s Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) Director, Comm Datuk Mohd Kamarudin Md Din, said in a statement on Friday April 29 that the group operated by offering fake job offers in Australia via advertisements. in line.

After a victim expresses interest, they will be asked to prepare their documents for the supposed works and pay several fees.

“The Syndicate will charge around RM1,400 for the processing fee and a screenshot of their application will be sent to reassure the victims.

“But the real application would not be created and after payment the scammers would send copies of fake documents to the victims using Australian Home Office letterheads,” he said.

Investigations showed that the group targeted locals and foreigners staying in Malaysia. They also regularly changed their company name to avoid detection.

Some of the names used online were “Top Speed ​​Agency Visa”, “Cos Consulting Agency” and “Eco Travel Malaysia”.

Checks showed there were 658 pending applications from victims, Comm Kamarudin said.

“On April 27, two raids were carried out in the Klang Valley resulting in nine arrests. The suspects are between 20 and 31 years old.

“Based on the information collected, 1,023 people filed complaints regarding this scam. A total of 28 police reports were also received with losses amounting to RM155,472,” he said.

Comm Kamarudin urged people to be more wary of such scams and check out any suspicious job postings.

He also urged former victims of this union to come forward and file police reports.