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Cross-strait fraud operation busted by the Criminal Investigation Bureau

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- An ad hoc investigation panel headed by the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB, 刑事局) busted a Taipei-based cross-strait telecom fraud ring on June. 12, nabbing four suspects.

In a released statement, the CIB said that the investigation panel arrested four suspects from Taipei and New Taipei during the raid. The case is now being referred to the New Taipei District Prosecutors Office further investigation, the CIB said.

According to the CIB, the suspected mastermind of the operation, surnamed Lee (李), recruited mainland Chinese to work as telephone operators who would call potential victims in Taiwan.

The callers worked to trick their victims by establishing romantic relationships through false pretenses. After successfully tricking their victims, the callers would choose from a number of prefabricated stories to fool the victims into wiring money to them out of sympathy.

According to preliminary investigations, at least 16 victims have been cheated out of a total sum of more than NT$10 million.

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