The Commercial Crime Investigation Unit and the Vices and Gambling Unit under the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Royal Brunei Police (RBPF) are investigating cases of private bank accounts leased for online gambling activities.
A 26-year-old resident has been arrested for his alleged involvement in leasing private bank accounts and phone lines for online gambling.
Preliminary investigations have revealed a common tactic among online gambling syndicates using a number registered overseas to text random local phone numbers.
The SMS will consist of an offer to rent a personal bank account for a monthly amount of BND200-BND250 and the rental of a telephone line for BND50-BND60.
If anyone shows interest, then a meeting will be organized to hand over the person’s ATM card or SIM card to the union. The public is advised not to fall prey to these unions by refusing to rent personal telephone lines for gambling and other criminal activities; not to use the Internet or social media platforms for illegal practices; and refusing to rent or provide access to personal accounts for criminal acts.