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Jakarta Post

Four Indonesians arrested for cyber fraud

  • The Jakarta Post

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, September 12, 2014   /  03:36 pm

National Police arrested on Friday four Indonesians linked to cyber fraud crimes that targeted two American companies and one Chinese company in 2013.

The US-based companies were Delavan AG Pumps Inc and McNeilus Companies, while the Guangzhou-based company was Yantai Newstar.

"From this cyber fraud case, we have in total arrested seven suspects, with the four new suspects arrestedon Thursday,'€ the Criminal Investigation Unit'€™s economic crimes division director Brig. Gen. Kamil Razak said in Jakarta on Friday, as quoted by Antara news agency, adding that two of the seven were Nigerian nationals.

They were suspected of illegally monitoring and hacking the emails of the three firms in June last year.

They allegedly intercepted emails between the three companies, claiming to be officers of Yantai Newstar, and asked the two American companies to transfer money to an Indonesian account by saying that Yantai'€™s bank accounts were undergoing an audit.

Delavan AG Pumps lost up to US$227,882 in the fraud while McNeilus lost up to $101,430, Kamil said.

He added that the police were still looking for one more possible suspect.

'€œThe remaining hacker at large might operate from outside the country as the IP address originated from the UK. The remaining perpetrator is a Nigerian,'€ he continued. 

The hackers will be charged under the 2008 Information and Electronic Communications (ITE) Law on fraud, articles 3 and 5 of the 2012 Money Laundering Law, as well as article 378 of the Criminal Code on fraud, which carries a penalty of four years in prison. (dyl/nfo)

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