Police cripple fraud syndicate in Klang Valley

By Kenneth Tee
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KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 10 — A police task force has crippled a syndicate, led by a wanted fugitive, that forged cheques and credit card details.

The “Ah Chong” syndicate intercepted letters of their victims, containing credit card applications and cheque deposits, from postboxes in condominiums around the Klang Valley.

City police chief Commissioner Datuk Mazlan Lazim said five suspects, aged between 30 and 40, including a woman, were picked up by police at a condominium in Jalan Ampang on Saturday.

“They would forge the amounts on cheques and call the victims, while impersonating bank employees, to obtain additional personal details,” he said at a duty handover ceremony of the new Cheras police chief yesterday.

“These details would enable them to bypass security verification when requested by bank employees.”

Mazlan said the syndicate would use the credit cards and cheques to purchase items and mobile phones online which they resold.

One of the victims lost about RM280,000 after his cheque was used to buy four luxury watches.

Mazlan said the 39-year-old mastermind was a wanted man detained under the Prevention of Crime Act 1959 for fraud in Terengganu in December last year.