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Hanoi (VNA) – Malaysian police said on September 28 that up to 93 Chinese citizens and six Malaysians have been detained on suspicion of being involved in swindling money from people in China through a telephone scam.

The arrests, the largest in recent months, were made two days earlier during a police raid at a call center in a high-end office area in the capital city of Kuala Lumpur.

Police also confiscated 169 mobile phones and 114 laptops from the syndicate that is believed to be making millions of ringgit a month.

Malaysian police are working with their Chinese counterparts to determine the exact amount of losses and on how to deal with the scammers as all their victims were Chinese. In previous cases, Malaysia deported Chinese scammers back to their own country for prosecution.

More such call centers are emerging in Malaysia, with police busting two other similar syndicates in southern Johor state in recent weeks.

Malaysian officials met recently with their counterparts in Singapore and Hong Kong to clamp down on such cyber crimes. Authorities in Hong Kong reported one single case involving losses of 95 million ringgit (23 million USD) to Nigerian phone scammers based in Malaysia.-VNA