Security operatives in Malaysia have arrested a Nigerian man, 43 and his spouse, 41 after accusing them of rip-off.
The couple had been arrested in Kuala Lumpur in reference to an electronic mail rip-off involving RM3.9mil in losses.
Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) Comm Datuk Mohd Kamarudin Md Din mentioned police believed the suspects had been accountable for the rip-off, higher generally known as enterprise electronic mail compromise (BEC).
“We received a report on June 8 from a businessman based in Dubai, who was targeted by the scammers,” Comm Mohd Kamarudin mentioned at CCID headquarters on Tuesday, June 14.
“His company had dealt with a US-based company over the purchase of 41,000 tonnes of cement. We believe the suspects had hacked the email of the US company and instructed the victims to transfer RM3.9mil to a ‘mule’ Malaysian bank account they controlled,”
The investigation led a CCID crew to detain the 2 suspects at Eco Majestic in Semenyih on Monday (June 13).
“We seized a Mercedes Benz, a Proton Exora, six mobile phones, two laptops, jewellery and several documents,” he mentioned, including that the police had additionally frozen RM1.8mil in the mule account as a part of the investigation.
The police had been additionally in the midst of tracing the remnants of the funds misplaced, Comm Mohd Kamarudin mentioned.
“We believe the mastermind of the syndicate is based in Nigeria and we are also tracking down remnants of the syndicate in Malaysia,” he added.
The two suspects had been remanded for 4 days to help the investigation, he mentioned.
“We advise the public, especially those involved in businesses to be careful in using emails in their dealings. Verify the emails received are actually from their business contacts and always be wary of any change of bank accounts for payment purposes. As a further security step, call the business contacts directly if there is a change in bank accounts used,” he mentioned.
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