Malaysian cops have busted an alleged text message spam scam ring thought to have fleeced locals for hundreds of thousands of dollars.
The group - a Malaysian and 25 foreigners aged between 16 and 41 - are suspected of raking in RM6.4m ($1.9m) between 2006 and April 2010 using fictitious lottery winnings as a bait for an advanced fee fraud, the Star Malaysia reports.
Federal Commercial Crimes Investigations Department (CCID) boss Datuk Koh Hong Sun told reporters at a press conference on Monday that the group is actually part of an even larger SMS scam syndicate busted last year in Malaysia's Tawau province. Police are hunting a further two suspects who escaped last week's dragnet, during which police seized four laptops, 73 mobiles, 41 accounting ledgers, ATM and credit cards and RM6,000 ($1,800) in cash.
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