31 suspects arrested for cross-border telecom fraud in Yilan
Taipei, March 14 (CNA) Police have arrested 31 Taiwanese suspects in Yilan County in a cross-border telecom fraud case in which Chinese victims were bilked out of NT$7 million (US$248,189), the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) said Sunday.
Acting on a tip-off, law enforcement authorities raided scam call centers in two residential units in the county on March 11 that were allegedly rented by a member of a gang from Kaohsiung to handle day-to-day operations, according to the CIB.
A special task force of up to 100 police officers and prosecutors raided the call centers located in Dongshan and Wujie townships, and arrested 31 suspects, including the leader of the ring, a 28-year-old man surnamed Ang (昂).
They also seized items that could serve as possible evidence in the case.
The 31 suspects were referred to the Yilan District Prosecutors Office, and the district court approved a request by prosecutors that they be detained.
A further investigation into the cash flow and the main suspect behind the scene is underway, according to the CIB.
According to investigators, Ang was previously investigated in 2011 on suspicion of violating the Organized Crime Prevention Act and was involved in fraud in Cambodia before returning to Taiwan due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
He recently rented two high-end residential units for NT$510,000 and NT$220,000, respectively, for two weeks of use to operate call centers to pull off the scams.
Using mobile phones and tablet computers, the suspected fraudsters posed as police officers or prosecutors in an attempt to scam Chinese targets and allegedly defrauded around 22 people out of NT$7 million in a week, according to the CIB.
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