KUALA LUMPUR: Police have blocked a local online casino that has registered profits of more than 3.3 million RM each month by arresting five men.
The illegal online racket was interrupted when the police attacked the customer service department, which ran a Jalan Kelang Lama apartment on Friday. Five men aged between 22 and 28 were arrested in the raid.
The center had sent hundreds of thousands of text messages to mobile phone users to promote their site for over a year.
Kuala Lumpur Police Commissioner Datuk Seri Mazlan Lazim said today that suspects were behind messages sent to random numbers in Malaysia and China to promote their gambling activities using a GSM blaster SMS device .
He said the device is capable of sending thousands of messages simultaneously to mobile phone users.
"They turned the rented apartment into their office and" promotion center "for about a year," Mazlan said.
"Investigations show that they have had over 20,000 customers and received more than 120,000 RM per day. Cash is traded by bank or bank transfers and that's why we have not found money at this place."
Mazlan said the "customer service" staff was tasked with managing potential customers who would respond to text messages sent by the union.
He said the suspects have guided their clients about how to make money to buy credits to play over 10 casino games on the site.
"Their customers were Malaysian and Chinese citizens," Mazlan said. "They used local and Chinese bank accounts to receive payments and used the same method to pay for earnings.
"Once a payment is received from a customer, a gambling account is activated so that they can start engaging in casino games. We also look for the site operator and investigate how the union got the data about the phone numbers in their possession. "
He said the raid was carried out by a police team at the city's anti-gambling unit following a public discussion.
In addition to the SMS blaster, the attack party also seized computers, portable computers, modems and other equipment.