Summonses paid... but with stolen credit cards
The traffic offenders had paid a syndicate to settle the summonses via online service provider MyEG Services Berhad.
The offenders were provided receipts but it is believed that they did not know their payments had been pocketed by the syndicate which used stolen credit cards to pay MyEG Services.
It is understood that the syndicate had raked in several hundred thousand ringgit after presenting their victims with what police believe were fake receipts and fake road tax discs.
District police chief Assistant Commissioner Arjunaidi Mohamed said MyEG lodged six police reports between June and August following a series of suspicious transactions.
"Each report had between 80 and 100 traffic summonses which had been paid for using credit cards, which were later found to belong to Australians and Canadians."
In the past two weeks, police arrested four people believed to be members of the syndicate.
"Records showed that they had been doing a bit of travelling in the past few months. One of the suspects also drove a sports car," Arjunaidi said.
The suspects were between the ages of 19 and 23. Three were unemployed while the fourth worked as a cashier at a leading shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur.
It is learnt that he was the one who obtained the credit card details from unsuspecting tourists.
The syndicate's modus operandi was to employ agents and runners offering their services to the public. The services included renewing road tax and insurance besides settling outstanding traffic summonses.
The runners would offer discounts on the traffic summonses. However, they did not inform their victims that everything would be settled via MyEG.
Once the person agreed, the runners would get their details before passing it to the syndicate. With the stolen credit card details, a syndicate member entered the MyEG website and paid for whatever the victim needed settled.
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