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Police officer works with FBI to recover money from scam

2018/04/19 19:54:23

Photo courtesy of the Kaohsiung City Police

Kaohsiung, April 19 (CNA) A Taiwanese police officer recently worked through the Criminal Investigation Bureau's (CIB) International Division with the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to help recover US$250,000 defrauded from a local company in early March, according to Kaohsiung police.

The victim of the fraud, an entrepreneur surnamed Ma (馬), received an email he believed came from the U.S.-based hardware product supplier his company was working with informing him of a change in the bank account it used to receive payments, said the Sanmin first precinct of the Kaohsiung City Police Department in southern Taiwan.

On confirming the company address in the email was the same as the company's actual address, Ma took note of the new bank account number and transferred US$250,000 into it as payment for the company's products.

A few days later, however, he received an email from the actual company asking about an overdue payment. It was then Ma realized he had been duped.

After Ma reported the matter to the police, Lin Yu-ting (林于婷), a female police officer who completed her master's degree at New York University and participated in a number of training programs in the U.S., was assigned to the case.

Lin contacted the FBI through the CIB's International Division and by analyzing the transfer information and the money flow, the FBI was able to freeze the bank account before the money was withdrawn, recovering the entire amount for Ma.

Ma thanked the police on Thursday, saying that he had been scared it would be impossible to recover the money once it had been transferred overseas.

(By Chen Ja-fu and Kuan-lin Liu)