Group of 50 Professional Scammers Freed

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Police failed to get an extension from the court on the further remand of 50 suspects of the Macau Scam syndicate.

All 50 suspects of the so-called Macau Scam syndicate have been released after the court refused to extend their remand yesterday.

The suspects, aged 17 to 42 and who included three women, were arrested at a bungalow in Taman Damai Utama in Puchong, Selangor, on Jul 1 and had been in custody for 10 days.

They are believed to be professionally trained scammers who posed as bank and police officers. They also used the Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology to replicate the hotline number of the Penang police headquarters to swindle 82 victims of more than RM2.74mil since February.

The case was probed by police under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating.

It is believed that the scam originated from Macau but operated from other countries such as Thailand, Indonesia, Cambodia and the Philippines.

Earlier report: Jul 4, Trained Scammers Posing as Bank Officers Nabbed