A 43-year-old Nigerian man and his 41-year-old Malaysian wife were apprehended in Kuala Lumpur in connection with an RM3.9mil email fraud.
The head of the Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID), Comm Datuk Mohd Kamarudin Md Din, stated that police thought the suspects were responsible for the business email compromise scheme (BEC).
“On June 8, we got a report from a Dubai-based businessman who had been targeted by scammers,” Comm Mohd Kamarudin stated at CCID headquarters on Tuesday, June 14.
“His company had negotiated the purchase of 41,000 tonnes of cement with a U.S.-based company. We believe the suspects hacked the email of the U.S. company and told the victims to transfer RM3.9 million to a’mule’ bank account they controlled in Malaysia.”
Monday, a CCID squad arrested two suspects at Eco Majestic in Semenyih as a result of an investigation (June 13).
“We seized a Mercedes Benz, a Proton Exora, six mobile phones, two computers, jewellery, and a number of documents,” he said, adding that the police had also blocked RM1.8 million in the mule’s bank account as part of the probe.
Commodore Mohd Kamarudin stated that the police were also in the process of tracing the remnants of the stolen monies.
“We suspect that the gang’s mastermind is based in Nigeria, and we are also searching for remnants of the syndicate in Malaysia,” he continued.
He stated that the two suspects had been detained for four days to aid in the investigation.
“We warn the general public, especially businesspeople, to use caution while communicating by email. Verify that the emails received are from legitimate business contacts, and be aware of any changes to payment-related bank accounts. As an additional security measure, contact business contacts immediately if bank accounts are changed “he said.