KUALA LUMPUR — March 5, 2018: The Bukit Aman Commercial CID has arrested 44 individuals believed to be holding mule accounts linked to several cases of cyber crime in a first mule account operation this year.
The suspects comprised 17 men and 27 women with more than five repeated cyber crime police reports lodged against each of them.
The operation was conducted simultaneously nationwide, targeting account owners receiving more than five police reports in various fraud rings such as the Macau scam, African scam and E-financial fraud.
Most of the account owners apprehended were women who acted as intermediaries to scammers in 319 cyber crime investigation papers involving losses amounting to RM17.29 million, said Commercial CID director Datuk Seri Amar Singh Ishar Singh said at federal police headquarters today.
Money mules are people who allow their bank accounts to be used by cyber criminals to facilitate the transfer of money.
Most cyber crime masterminds are foreigners who need locals to act as intermediaries to transfer the scammed money to their accounts in the home countries.
Some of these money mules were offered part of the scammed money or rewarded with expensive items apart from using internet love scam to entice some to be unsuspecting money mules. — Bernama