The Judiciary Police (PJ) picked up four Fujianese men Wednesday for jamming telecom networks and sending out junk text messages to people crossing the border from five flats in a residential building opposite the Barrier Gate checkpoint.
PJ spokesman Vong Chi Hong said at the entrance of the Jardim do Mar do Sul Building that it had come to PJ officers’ attention that locals and tourists have been receiving junk text messages about gambling websites. The Judiciary Police then began working with the Telecommunications Regulation Bureau (DSRT) and Zhuhai police to investigate the case.
After gathering enough evidence, Vong said police swooped on the five flats, where officers seized 19 radio frequency simulators, 28 computers and 30 cables. Officers also picked up the four men aged between 18 and 34, surnamed Chen, Liu, Su and Wu.
Vong said police believe that the suspects are employed by a syndicate which picked high-rise buildings located near the mainland to jam 2G and roaming networks, and then send out the junk messages to clients of the networks using the simulators.
The PJ spokesman said police believe the four suspects sent out the junk messages for the past six months, adding police also suspect that there are other places in Macau being used for such activities.
He said the Judiciary Police were continuing their investigation to see if the websites mentioned in the messages are involved in scams or illegal gambling.
He said PJ officers did not rule out the possibility that more people will be picked up.(macaunews/macaupost)