Five detained for scam using Android apps containing malware

KUALA LUMPUR: Three men and two women have been arrested in connection with a scam using compromised Android apps.

Deputy Police Secretary Comm Datuk Noorsiah Mohd Saaduddin said the five suspects, aged between 17 and 21, were arrested following a raid in Kuala Lumpur on August 24.

“Investigations showed that the suspects had created and used fake profiles on online chat platforms.

“They would then seduce the victims by showing them videos accessible through another application which they would send to them in the form of an APK (Android Package Kit or installation file),” she said in a statement on Wednesday. September 14.

Victims are required to purchase a token before accessing the app, she said.

She said this would allow funds to be transferred from victims’ bank accounts (to a third party).

DCP Noorsiah said the case was dismissed under Section 420/511 of the Penal Code.

“We are also investigating links between this union and others.

“We advise the public not to download or install APK files sent by strangers,” she added.

She also advised the public to get more information and advice from the CCID scam Response Center on 03-2610 1559 or 03-2610 1599.