According to reports, the two arrested Moroccans were the principal members of the gang.
Rabat – Macau police arrested five people, including two Moroccans, on Friday for allegedly “using 50 fake credits cards for online shopping to buy goods they later sold,” Asia Times reported Monday.
The suspects were using fake credit cards from Canada, the US, and some Middle Eastern countries to purchase luxury products and electronic goods in Macau, an autonomous territory bordering China and under Chinese authority, and Hong Kong.
The gang sold the goods for more than $57,300, according to the Asian outlet.
“Reports said that the [two] Moroccan nationals were key members of that group and have admitted to the crime,” the Macau Daily Times reported.
“After investigation by the authorities, we discovered the suspects’ identities and found out that they leave Macau every time they carry out [illegal] activities,” the news outlet quoted Leng Kam Long, spokesman and chief criminal investigator of the judiciary police, as saying.
Macau police issued a search warrant in October last year after they “received reports from two separate online shopping websites which found their customers had used counterfeit credit card information.” The police suspected an international fake credit card syndicate.
The police seized 39 mobile phones, $1,270, several prepaid phone cards, and information about the fake cards used in the sales operation, according to Asia Times.
The case is under investigation by the public prosecution office.