KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysian authorities have arrested 680 suspected Chinese online scammers in a raid near Putrajaya, the Immigration Department said on Thursday.
The raid was conducted Wednesday at what is believed to be a call center in a six-storey building in Cyberjaya, south of Kuala Lumpur, Immigration Department director-general Khairul Dzaimee Daud said in a press conference.
About 8,230 mobile phones, 174 laptops and 787 computers were seized, he said, adding that 100 people had escaped and efforts were underway to track them down.
The department had announced the news Wednesday on its Facebook page, saying then that almost 1,000 were arrested in a scam syndicate run by Chinese nationals.
Social media videos showed people jumping out of second-storey windows, dozens sprinting out of the building, and one person being tackled by law enforcement.
The group had been operating in Malaysia for six months and had been targeting victims in China through investment scams using WeChat Pay and Chinese banks for transactions, Khairul said.
The call center was secured with security guards, CCTVs and access cards.
All those arrested were found to have entered the country via social visit passes and almost all of them could not produce their passports, the official said.