Police in Malaysia has broken up an alleged text message spam scam ring which believed to have netted over $1 million. The ring included 26 people, one Malaysian and the rest foreigners, and was responsible for taking RM6.4m ($1.9m) between 2006 and April 2010 in fake lottery scams.
Federal Commercial Crimes Investigations Department (CCID) head Datuk Koh Hong Sun said that the group was part of a larger SMS scam ring that was broken up last year in Malaysia’s Tawau province.
Police seized four laptops, 73 mobiles, 41 accounting ledgers, ATM and credit cards and RM6,000 ($1,800) in cash in the raid.
“Each laptop is able to send out up to 1,000 SMSes a day,“ Koh said. “Once the victims responded to the SMS, the syndicate would then tell them that they could only collect the cash prizes if they deposited a certain amount of money in a certain bank account.“