NILAI: Police have arrested a man who allegedly offered a RM200,000 bribe to policemen to release five members of a syndicate detained for being involved in online scams.

Negri Sembilan police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Mohamad Mat Yusop said the suspect, in his 30s, was detained at a petrol station in Bandar Baru Nilai at 1.40am on Sunday (Nov 14).

“The suspect was detained after he offered the bribe to the police team.

“We will hand him over to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission for further action,” he told reporters at the district police station here on Sunday.

DCP Mohamad said the police team had earlier raided an apartment at 10pm on Saturday (Nov 13) and arrested five suspects including two women aged between 21 and 24 for allegedly being involved in an investment scam.

Police also seized 15 mobile phones, two laptops and RM2,473 from the suspects.

“Preliminary investigations have revealed that the syndicate was involved in scamming people over a non-existent investment scheme on Facebook.

“They would then contact their potential victims via WhatsApp and use bank accounts of other individuals to run the scams,” he said, adding that the syndicate was believed to have been operating in Nilai for the past six months.

DCP Mohamad said police believe they had solved 11 cases related to the syndicate.

Three of the cases were reported in Negri Sembilan and eight in other states.

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