12 suspects arrested in central Taiwan for alleged telecom fraud

06-Dec-2018 Intellasia | Focus Taiwan | 6:00 AM Print This Post

Twelve people were arrested recently in central Taiwan on suspicion of telecommunications fraud that targeted ethnic Chinese expatriates in the United States, the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) said Tuesday.

In a raid carried out on November 29, law enforcement officers seized laptop computers, mobile phones, bank passbooks and other items at a location in Daya District, Taichung, which appeared to have been the base of the operations, the CIB said.

Twelve people were also arrested, including the suspected ringleader, according to the CIB’s Seventh Investigation Corps, which was handling the case.

Based on the evidence collected, authorities said the ring had swindled some NT$90 million (US$2.93 million) from 30 victims since it began operating in May last year.

According to the CIB, the members of the fraud ring were sending text messages and making calls to random ethnic Chinese expatriates in the United States, pretending to be Chinese police officers, prosecutors or Chinese consulate staff.

The scammers were accusing their victims of being involved in money laundering and demanding money transfers to designated bank accounts as proof of innocence, the CIB said.

The fraudulent activities were first brought to light when the Taiwan relatives of one of the victims made a report to authorities in Taiwan earlier this year, the CIB said.

The case had been under investigation for four month before the raid was carried out and is still being investigated, the CIB said.



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