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169 arrested over telephone fraud in cross-border crackdown


11:06, October 09, 2011

GUANGZHOU, Oct. 8 (Xinhua) -- Police on the Chinese mainland, Taiwan and Thailand arrested 169 suspects in a joint operation to crack down on telephone fraud perpetrated by a gang, police in south China's Guangdong Province said Saturday.

More than 200 cases of telecommunications fraud were solved and 17 footholds of the suspected have been shut down since May, said Yang Jianghua, chief of the criminal investigation bureau under the provincial public security department.

The total value involved in the cases reached 120 million yuan (18.8 million U.S. dollars), he said.

The gang, led by a Taiwan resident, are suspected to have made telephone calls from the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam and other countries, pretending to be loan providers or judiciary personnel and asked the victim in mainland or Taiwan to forward money to a bank account for deposit, Yang said.


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