SMS fraud: Two more telco officers in remand

PUTRAJAYA (BERNAMA) – Two more individuals, including a chief officer of a telecommunications company (telco) in Malaysia, are in remand for investigation involving fraud using short messaging service (SMS).

Magistrate Siti Roslizawati Mohd Zanin issued the remand order, for five days beginning yesterday, against the two men, following an application by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

This brings to six, the number of people, who are in remand in connection with the case. According to a MACC source, the chief officer, aged 39, and a 47-year-old telco officer were arrested at the MACC headquarters yesterday after giving their statements.

The two men were believed to have given and accepted bribes for the purpose of obtaining personal information on customers using prepaid plans.

The telephone numbers are then used by content provider of fraud syndicates by charging subscription fees via the SMS without the customer’s knowledge and consent, he said.

Yesterday, a telco officer, aged 49, was issued a remand order for five days allegedly for receiving MYR300,000 in stages through his personal account from a company in return for divulging the list of customers using prepaid.

A day earlier, two company directors remanded for five days for allegedly giving bribes amounting to millions of ringgit to telecommunication company officials to divulge customer details.

Two individuals, including a chief officer of a telecommunications company in Malaysia, are in remand for investigation involving fraud using short messaging service. PHOTO: BERNAMA