Police crack down on Taoyuan-based telephone fraud ring
The China Post news staffThe Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) yesterday announced that it has dismantled a Taoyuan-based fraud ring.
September 10, 2013, 12:04 am TWN
The CIB stated that its division specializing in telecoms-related crimes had uncovered that a Taoyuan-based mobile phone shop had been conducting scams using mobile phone numbers given by foreign laborers who were unaware of what the numbers were to be used for. It stated that the fraud ring had been conducting a variety of common scams involving impersonating prosecutors, falsifying of online shopping payment errors, and pretending to be a family member in distress, in an attempt to extract wire funds from victims.
According to the police's findings, the fraud ring got 164 mobile phone numbers under false pretenses, of which 35 mobile phone numbers led to 112 scam alerts from the public, who notified the 165 counter-fraud hotline. The remaining 129 mobile phone numbers were allocated for use in unscrupulous activities in the hopes of evading law enforcement monitoring. The fraud ring accumulated illegal gains exceeding NT$13 million, said the CIB.
The CIB stated that counterfeit mobile phone numbers represent a severe threat to society, as they may be used as tools to facilitate communication in illegal activities such as the sex trade, loan sharking, transport and sale of narcotics, and organized crime, while noting that the recent seizure of 164 mobile phone numbers will help in deterring crime.