KUALA LUMPUR Jan 19 — Police arrested nine Chinese nationals and a local woman in two separate raids in Jalan Ampang last Monday for suspected involvement in fraudulent online selling of cosmetics.

Kuala Lumpur Commercial Crime Investigation Department chief, ACP Mohd Mahidisham Ishak said a Chinese woman and six men aged between 22 and 35 were arrested in the first raid on a premise in the area between 3pm and 4pm.

He said during the raid, equipment including one laptop and 17 mobile phones, suspected to be used in the online fraud, were also seized.

“On the same day, police also raided another premise in the same area and arrested a local woman and two Chinese men, aged 22 to 35,” he said in a statement today.

In the second raid, he said police seized six mobile phones and the copy of a written document used for phone calls.

“The initial investigation found that all the suspects were employees of a syndicate and believed to be from two different groups who had been operating since mid-2020, targeting customers from abroad as victims.

“The case is being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating and the value of the losses is still under investigation. All of them are being remanded since January 17 until January 21 for further investigation,” he added.

Meanwhile, he advised the public not to be easily deceived, to check before making any transaction and to come forward with information related to fraud cases like this.

“Information on any crime or suspicious activity can be channelled via WhatsApp to the CCID Infoline at 013-2111 222 or call the Kuala Lumpur police hotline at 03-2146 0584/0585, CCID Scam Response Centre at 03-2610 1559/1599 or the nearest police station,” he said. — Bernama