Kajang, 19th – The continuous crackdown on illegal online gambling by the police has forced criminal groups to adapt their operations. With their storefronts shuttered to evade law enforcement, they have resorted to telephone transactions as an alternative method.
The modus operandi of these illegal groups involves closing down physical stores in order to evade detection, but they have devised a new strategy to ensure uninterrupted gambling activities. Notices have been affixed to the iron gates of these closed storefronts, revealing contact information such as mobile phone numbers and bank accounts. By doing so, they openly encourage gamblers to change their transaction methods, assuring them of no fear of police pursuit.
Residents of Tacheng Park in Cheras, living in HDB flats, recently discovered such a blatant operation by an illegal group. Concerned about the potential proliferation of gambling activities, they have urged the police to take immediate action.
Li Wenbin, Ampang Jaya City Councilor, revealed that he has received numerous complaints from local residents, expressing worry that the public disclosure of contact information by these criminal groups would entice more individuals to engage in online gambling. He has promptly handed over the residents’ provided information to the Cheras Nine Mile Police, who have pledged to conduct a thorough investigation.
According to the reports received from residents, a local store providing prepaid card services abruptly closed its doors a few days ago. Subsequently, handwritten notices were found affixed to the store’s iron gate, informing customers about the closure and directing them to contact a designated mobile phone number or transfer funds to a specified bank account for online gambling recharge.
Li Wenbin explained that the announcements clearly indicated that online casino Malaysia recharges could now be arranged over the phone. He strongly believes that the illegal group had initially operated the store as a front for selling prepaid cards, while clandestinely facilitating illegal online gambling recharge services.
The councilor further revealed that the recent relentlessness of the police crackdown on illegal online gambling activities may have prompted the criminal group to suspend their store operations, thus avoiding the attention of law enforcement authorities.
“Residents firmly believe that the brazen disclosure of identities and mobile phone numbers by these illegal groups represents a direct challenge to the police, as they exhibit no fear of being traced. If the police fail to act swiftly, it will undoubtedly fuel the proliferation of online gambling activities,” Li Wenbin stated.
He assured that the Ampang Jaya City Council will collaborate closely with the police to combat illegal online gambling. If any shops are found to be involved in such illicit activities, the authorities will take necessary legal action, including prosecution and asset seizures.
The determination to eradicate illegal online gambling remains steadfast, with law enforcement agencies and local authorities working in tandem to safeguard communities and uphold the integrity of the law.