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China thanks Malaysia for tackling fraud, scams and terrorism

BEIJING: China has expressed its gratitude to the Malaysian police for their efforts in battling fraud, including the so-called Macau scam, which has caused multimillion-dollar losses to their victims who are mostly Chinese nationals.
It also commended Malaysia for cracking down on its own citizens suspected of being involved in terrorist activities related to Daesh and the Islamic State.
These kudos were relayed to Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi by Chinese Public Security Minister Guo Shengkun and Secretary of Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission Meng Jianzhu during meetings here.
Dr Ahmad Zahid said Malaysian police have arrested 416 China nationals for their involvement in Macau scams since 2014.
"They have been deported and handed over to the Chinese authorities," he told a press conference before ending his three-day working visit to China on Wednesday.
He said Malaysia also detained 29 Chinese nationals who tried to enter the country using fake travel documents at various entry points nationwide.
Apart from meeting with his counterparts in crime and security-related fields, Dr Ahmad Zahid, who is also Home Minister, was invited to attend the opening ceremony of the 86th General Assembly of Interpol on Tuesday.
The term "Macau scam" was coined because it is believed that such scams originated from Macau or that the first victims came from there, but this has never been confirmed.
Macau scams usually start with a phone call from a scammer pretending to be an officer from a bank, government agency or debt collector.
The scammer will then claim that the potential victim owes money or has an unpaid fine, often with a very short window of less than an hour, to settle the payment or face "dire consequences".
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