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Taiwan, China stage largest-ever joint raid on fraud rings

2010/08/25 19:11:36

Taipei, Aug. 25 (CNA) Taiwan and China police nabbed 450 suspectsWednesday in the largest-ever joint crackdown on fraud ringsoperating on the both sides of the Taiwan Strait, according to Taiwanpolice.

Criminal Investigation Bureau Director Lin Teh-hua said the raidswere launched simultaneously in Taiwan's 12 counties and cities andthe Chinese provinces of Fujian, Huanan, Hubei, Anhui, Guangdong andGuangxi, and in Chongqing City.

Some 548 Taiwanese law enforcement officers and 2,720 Chinesepolice took part in the operation.

In Taiwan, 121 people were arrested and NT$11 million, believedto be swindled funds, was seized. Items such as computers, cellphones, servers, forged official seals, fake courier uniforms,pistols, "manuals" on fraud, and bank books were also confiscated.

Across the strait, Chinese police officers arrested 329 suspectsand seized similar items that were believed to have been used in theoperations of the fraud rings.

Taiwan police said that fraud rings usually swindle people byposing as prosecutors, failing to deliver goods bought on websites,convincing victims to remit money via ATMs, and delivering only emptyboxes to people who purchased goods.

Lin said that police units on both sides of the strait hadpreviously arrested more than 1,000 scammers in 16 joint raids sincean agreement on cross-strait cooperation in crime fighting was signedlast year.

Notably, Lin said, operators of several telecommunicationscompanies in Taiwan and China, which helped transmit calls in casesof fraud, were arrested this time, as police found these operatorswere part of the scheme rather than innocent third parties as theyhad claimed.

(By Lin Shen-hsu & Bear Lee)
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