Malaysia’s very own “Bonnie & Clyde”, or criminal couple, were caught during a raid after conning 519 people for more than RM600k.
The husband and wife, aged 26 and 27 respectively, tricked people by offering them cheap travel packages under the illusion they’ll get to stay at a luxurious hotel.
According to Harian Metro, the couple were arrested at a homestay in Ampang during a raid last Thursday (24th September). 4 laptops and 2 handphones were confiscated during the raid to aid the investigation.
The husband, who was a former PA to a well-known celebrity, operated the con trick under the company’s name “I&I Paradise Venture.” Head of Selangor Commercial Crime Investigation Department, Muhammad Yazid Muhammad Yew, said that as of last week, the police received 69 lodged reports related to the scam.
According to Bernama, Sungai Buloh district police chief Supt Shafa’aton Abu Bakar said that the suspects were apprehended after a report came from a government hospital nurse who was a victim. Apparently, the victim managed to convince her colleagues and made 26 bookings with the company leading to a loss of over RM7k.
Their excitement was short-lived after the victim contacted the hotel to confirm her booking details. That’s when the nurse found out that she had been duped because no bookings were made by the company.
According to reports, the couple had been active since last September. At one point, the couple even took advantage of the pandemic by offering frontliners a cheap holiday package, as a token of appreciation for facing COVID-19.
The married pair, who are both unemployed, have been remanded until today (29th September).