Cam­bo­dia de­ports 74 Chi­nese fraud sus­pects

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PHNOM PENH — Cam­bo­dia de­ported 74 Chi­nese na­tion­als sus­pected of in­volve­ment in tele­com fraud, and they were taken to Hu­nan prov­ince on Thurs­day af­ter­noon, a se­nior Cam­bo­dian po­lice official said.

“The Chi­nese po­lice sent a plane to pick them up af­ter we de­cided to de­port them,” said Ma­jor Gen­eral Ouk Hai Seila, chief of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion and pro­ce­dure depart­ment at the Gen­eral Depart­ment of Im­mi­gra­tion, in an in­ter­view with Xin­hua News Agency.

The de­por­tees, in­clud­ing 21 women, were ar­rested on Satur­day by Cam­bo­dian au­thor­i­ties in si­mul­ta­ne­ous raids on 12 lo­ca­tions in the cap­i­tal, Phnom Penh, and Kan­dal and Kam­pot provin- ces, he said, adding that they would face le­gal ac­tion in China.

The 74 were sus­pected of us­ing in­ter­net phones from Cam­bo­dia to ex­tort money from vic­tims in China, he said, adding that a num­ber of phones and lap­tops were seized.

Seila said the raids came at the re­quest of the Chi­nese em­bassy.

Scam­mers of­ten use over­seas in­ter­net servers to make scam calls to their vic­tims, claim­ing to be court or po­lice of­fi­cials. They typ­i­cally tell their tar­gets that their bank ac­counts have been breached, so they need to trans­fer the money to a sep­a­rate safe ac­count, which is pro­vided to the vic­tim.

ZHANG ZHENG / FOR CHINA DAILY

Chi­nese sus­pects ar­rive in Hu­man prov­ince from Cam­bo­dia on Thurs­day

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