Gigolo fraudsters: 5 nabbed for cheating women with promises of sexual favors
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Criminal Investigation Bureau on Monday arrested five suspected fraudsters following several months of intense surveillance.
March 6, 2013, 12:34 am TWN
Investigators said that the suspects had targeted single women who were defrauded with promises of sexual favors.
The victims were led to withdraw cash from their bank accounts or retrieve jewelry from their homes, which the suspects reportedly replaced with counterfeit money and fake jewelry before driving off with the valuables.
Investigators said that the suspects operated two vehicles — one car functioned as a lookout, while the other was used to approach the victims.
The suspects changed the license plates regularly, making it difficult for investigators to follow them, police said.
On Monday, a special unit tasked with the duty of bringing in the suspects discovered that they were on the move at around 1 p.m. Police immediately moved in to arrest them, while the suspects attempted to escape. Shots were fired in the air by police, and the suspects were apprehended.
According to the National Police Agency, fraud rings operating out of Taiwan have become increasingly sophisticated in their methods.
Police have provided mug shots of the suspects for victims to identify.
Those who have been subject to fraud schemes or want more information about avoiding them are encouraged to contact the CIB's 7th Investigation Brigade on (02) 2764-3609.