14 November 2012

Africans Buy Luxury Items Online At Malaysians Expense

KUALA LUMPUR: A syndicate comprising African students has been buying credit card numbers of Malaysians to purchase luxury items and electronic devices online.

Federal Commercial Crime In­­­­vestigation Department director Comm Datuk Syed Ismail Azizan said the police got wind of the syndicate following complaints from several banks.

“Our investigations found that the group had been purchasing credit card numbers along with their card verification codes for about US$20 (RM60) each through an online chat­room,” he said.

“They would then make online purchases of luxury items such as handbags and electronic devices which they would later sell.”

Comm Syed Ismail said the banks would only find out about the unauthorised transactions when the card owners lodged a complaint.

Police raided two premises in Subang Jaya two weeks ago and arrested eight Africans, including two women.

All the suspects, who are students at a private college here, have been remanded until next Tuesday to facilitate investigations.

Comm Syed Ismail said police were now focusing their attention on the group that sold them the credit card details.

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