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Police arrests suspects for defrauding Chinese in telecom scam

2017/11/23 23:33:10

Photo courtesy of Criminal Investigation Bureau

Taipei, Nov. 23 (CNA) Nearly two dozen people have been arrested during a raid on the operational bases of a crime ring that was committing telecommunication fraud in northern Taiwan against people in China, the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) said Thursday.

A total of 23 suspects were arrested at their operating locations in New Taipei City's Shulin and Xinzhuang districts on Wednesday, according to the investigation bureau.

The police had been tracking the criminal organization for several months before launching the raids, the CIB said, adding that the investigation was launched based on an anonymous tip received by the Kaohsiung City police in May.

At the time, local authorities had discovered leftover equipment in an apartment in Kaohsiung's Daliao District in what appeared to be tools used for telecommunication fraud, the bureau said.

Further investigations later pointed the lead to a fraud group in New Taipei, whose ring leader was only known by his nickname "Engineer."

According to the CIB, fraud members would swindle their victims in China through the use of cellphone messages and by impersonating as Chinese police officers.

During the raid, local authorities found a slew of telecommunication equipment ranging from laptop computers and television sets to mobile phones and fake Chinese police uniforms.

An estimated NT$810,000 (US$27,000) in fraud money was also found at the bases in New Taipei, authorities said.

The items, which were used to scam their Chinese victims, were seized by the police as evidence.

The suspects have all been detained by local authorities pending further investigation.

(By Huang Li-yun and Ko Lin)