Malaysian police unearths credit card scam
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Last Updated: Wednesday, April 13, 2011, 21:51
Kuala Lumpur: Malaysian police has unearthed a credit card scam after apprehending a group of seven postmen who intercepted letters containing credit cards, switched the microchips of the cards with fake ones and then delivered them to the applicants.

The postmen, with the help of other syndicate members, then used the cards with the original microchips to go on a spending spree, local media reports said adding that the syndicate that has been operating since 2009 chalked up close to 1.5 crore rupees in purchases.

City deputy police chief Senior Assistant Commissioner (SAC) Amar Singh said police got wind of the syndicate after they arrested one of its members in the act of stealing a credit card at a post office last week.

"The postmen would intercept the new credit cards in the mail and switch the microchips with fake ones before repacking the mail and sending them to the applicants," he said adding that the syndicate also had the help of a National Registration Department (NRD) officer who supplied them with the names of the mothers of the real credit card applicants.

The names would be needed to activate the cards.

"The syndicate had racked up between 500,000 ringgit and 1 million ringgit in credit card charges for purchases of luxury items including electronic goods," he said.


First Published: Wednesday, April 13, 2011, 21:51

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