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Taipei police jointly busts international fraud ring with CIB

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Taipei City Police Department yesterday announced that it jointly busted a cross-country fraud ring with the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) and the Philippines police, arresting 21 suspects in the Philippines and extraditing nine Taiwanese suspects to Taiwan.

Taipei police said a couple from Zhejiang Province of China went to Taiwan to travel last year. The couple attempted to visit their son, surnamed Tsai, who has been working in Taipei for almost a year. However, the couple failed to reach their son, police said.

The couple reported the incident to the Taipei police, hoping the authorities could help them find their son, police said.

The couple said their 43-year-old son was hired by a technology firm located on Zhongxiao E. Rd in Taipei and is paid 8,000 Chinese yuan monthly, police said, noting that, however, the police could not find the company.

Taipei police went on to say that based on the last text Tsai sent to his parents, the police discovered that Tsai's phone number comes from a community in Manila in the Philippines.

Police also said they discovered that Tsai has been keeping close contact with a fraud ring member who has been hiding in Central Taiwan. Taipei police suspects that Tsai might be associated with a cross-border phone scam crime ring.

The CIB later assisted Taipei police in contacting the police departments of the Philippines and mainland China, Taipei police said, adding that they also reported the case to Taichung District Prosecutors Office for further investigation. A task force was formed to investigate the fraud ring, Taipei police said.

The taskforce later discovered the location of the phone scam facility room in Manila and confirmed a Taiwanese national suspect surnamed Tang's involvement in the case. The taskforce suspects that Tsai works in the facility room in Manila, Taipei police said.

The Philippines police in August 2013 raided the facility room in Manila and arrested nine Taiwanese national suspects, 11 Chinese national suspects and one Filipino suspect, Taipei police said.

The nine Taiwanese suspects were extradited back to Taiwan on April 24 and were transferred to the Taichung District Prosecutors Office for questioning, Taipei police said.

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