101 suspected transnational fraudsters arrested in China

Beijing, Nov 11 (IANS) Since June, 101 suspects have been detained in China in connection with transnational-telecom crimes involving 20 million yuan (about $2 million), the Ministry of Public Security (MPS) announced on Friday.

Of the suspects, 76 were from China and 25 from Taiwan and they were linked to 135 cases currently under investigation, the MPS said.

The fraudsters had targeted victims living in Zhejiang province, and police first began to receive complaints about telecom and internet fraud in April, Xinhua news agency reported.

The subsequent investigations led to outfits based in Cambodia, where the suspects were allegedly swindling victims out of their money by pretending to be government or law enforcement officials.

The police captured 39 suspects, 14 from China and 25 from Taiwan, in Cambodia.

Following the arrests and raids in Cambodia, and under the coordination of the MPS, police departments from seven provinces in China carried out multiple raids and arrested 62 suspects and dismantled three transnational fraud outfits.

Around 590,000 telecom fraud cases were reported in 2015, involving the loss of 22.2 billion yuan.

–IANS

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