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Arrests made over illegal gambling in Malaysia and defrauding in India

The Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) has arrested 904 individuals nationwide for suspected involvement in illegal gambling activities over the Chinese New Year.

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Named Op Limau, the operation involved a total of 137 raids held across January 15-29, with seizures amounting to RM 513,793 ($​​120,821). The investigation was carried out under Section 6(1) and Section 7(2) of the Common Gaming Houses Act 1953.

“Op Limau was conducted for 15 days across the country to curb gambling activities in conjunction with Chinese New Year,” said PDRM Secretary Datuk Noorsiah Saaduddin.

In further security news, the Cyberabad police has arrested eight people from the Indian city of Noida for allegedly defrauding people through fraudulent online gaming and betting applications.

The Cyber Crime police froze money in various bank accounts, as well as seizing 193 mobile phones, 21 laptops, 416 chequebooks, 233 debit cards and 21 point-of-sale devices.

The group advertised the online gaming and betting applications via various websites and social media platforms and facilitated people to use the platforms to play games, collecting payments and working under the supervision of fraudsters who operated from other countries.

A case was registered under Section 420 of the Indian Penal Code, section law 3(1)(i) of Telangana State Gaming Act (A)- 2017 and Section 66(C) of the IT Act.

“By making multiple transactions, the fraudsters make it seem they are having legitimate business and individuals are receiving regular money, thus legitimising the money,” noted the Cyber Crime police.

“It is not a game of chance (50:50) as the fraudsters themselves manipulate the game and cause losses to the candidates and decide winners internally.”

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