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Free cell phone for an ID card? It's a scam!

TAITUNG, Taiwan -- A Taitung woman was a victim of a cell phone scam offering a free cell phone in exchange for personal information.

The woman, surnamed Chao, reportedly received phone calls from a cell phone company claiming she had won a free mobile phone. When she received her phone, the delivery person asked Chao to give them two of her identity documents.

Chao immediately felt something was wrong and returned the new mobile to the company. Since then, the cell phone company continued to call Chao every five minutes, cursing her for three consecutive days.

Chao was frightened and reported the case to the Taitung police.

After a preliminary investigation, police suspected that the cell phone company was a ring of fraudsters because the operator evaded police questions with a heavy Chinese accent.

Fraud rings attempt to obtain people's personal information by giving away new cell phones. The public should remain alert when receiving unknown phone calls and avoid giving strangers their ID documents, Taitung police Hsieh Ching-Chuan warned.

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