Overseas Chinese telephone swindlers arrive in Beijing
BEIJING, Sep 12, 2013 (Xinhua via COMTEX) --
A plane carrying 51 Chinese mainland
suspects involved in telephone fraud who were hiding out in Cambodia
landed in Beijing on Thursday.
This year, police have received a number of reports of telephone
fraud in which victims suffered huge financial losses across several
regions, including Anhui, Jiangsu, Jilin provinces, according to the
Ministry of Public Security.
A victim in Maanshan City in east China's Anhui Province lost 6.33
million yuan (1.03 million U.S.dollars) due to telephone fraud.
Police investigations found that criminal gangs hiding out in
Cambodia were behind the scams.
The ministry dispatched a team to work with the Cambodian police.
During raids on Sept. 3, they captured 64 suspects, including 51 from
the Chinese mainland, 11 from Taiwan and two from Vietnam.
As a result, the police cracked over 100 fraud cases, involving a
total of more than 100 million yuan.
Telephones and computers, duping scripts, credit cards and VoIP
(Voice over Internet Protocol, a type of Internet phone service),
which were used by the suspects to extort money from people in
China's mainland, were confiscated.
Telephone fraud has become a problem in China, to which suspects
often use overseas servers to make phone calls, making it more
difficult for police to trace them.
Swindlers would telephone their victims in China, pretending to be
court or police officials claiming that the victim's bank account had
been breached, and would tell the victims they should transfer their
money to a separate "safe account."
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