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Police in Malaysia have raided an online betting ring, busting down a customer service center of sorts in the process.
The raid took place in Kuala Lumpur and saw five people taken into custody. The ring was blasting text messages to punters in the country, reportedly sending hundreds of thousands of spam messages while the ring was operating. It is thought that the site was making more than $750,000 USD monthly, and had been around for roughly a year, racking up 20,000 customers.
The ring had a customer service department running out of an apartment, and a disgruntled customer reported the crimes to police. This led to them conducting the raid, taking the men into custody and effectively shutting down the illicit business.
Those involved in the ring are facing charges of operating an illegal gambling operation, which can carry lengthy jail sentences. Malaysia has been cracking down severely on illegal gambling for years, but the moves haven't seemed to stop the issue at all, as rings continue to operate and draw in large numbers of players that want to wager on sports.