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CIB helps in global fraud crackdown; 187 nabbed

Under the close coordination of the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB, 刑事警察局) and prosecutors, law enforcement agents in mainland China, Vietnam, Indonesia and four areas of Taiwan have arrested 187 suspects for swindling money from victims via cross-border telecom and financial scams.

The massive operation was carried out after extensive investigations coordinated by Wang Cho-chiun, director general of the National Police Agency, and CIB chief Lin Teh-hua.

The simultaneous crackdown on Dec. 6 covered 43 operation centers, including 39 in Taiwan, used by members of the international fraud ring.

Aside from the 14 suspects already arrested in August, the new detainees included two kingpins surnamed Chang and Tsai plus 42 accomplices based in Taiwan, 27 in Vietnam and 64 in Indonesia.

Arrests in Taiwan were led by prosecutors and carried out with cooperation from police departments in Taoyuan, Taichung, Kaohsiung and Pingtung.

The investigators confiscated NT$4.435 million in cash and auctioned off two BMWs owned by the group for NT$3.792 million.

Other confiscated items included advanced computer and telecom equipment, 446 Union Pay bankcards used by mainland Chinese consumers, luxury watches and jewelry allegedly used to conceal the illicit funds.

CIB officials said the probes were expanded after receiving notification from public security authorities in mainland China that two residents in Beijing were bilked of huge amounts of money earlier this year.

Pretending to be Chinese government officials, the suspects convinced the victims to transfer money to designated accounts at other financial institutions.

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