Se­cu­rity web­site as­sists fight against fraud­sters

Nearly 35 per­cent of all com­plaints are re­lated to fake job ad­ver­tise­ments

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - By CAO YIN

A web­site run by cy­ber­se­cu­rity com­pany Qi­hoo 360 that helps fraud vic­tims is ex­pand­ing its reach af­ter a pos­i­tive re­sponse from po­lice and the pub­lic, the team be­hind the site has said., the­first­plat­form of its kind in China, ac­cepts re­ports of tele­com, on­line and off­line scams, and pro­vides tips on how peo­ple can avoid fall­ing prey to con artists.

The ser­vice was launched in May last year in part­ner­ship with the Beijing Pub­lic Se­cu­rity Bureau and has so far re­ceived more than 180,000 re­ports from vic­tims, ac­cord­ing to Liu Yang, a Qi­hoo 360 data an­a­lyst­whoworks on the plat­form.

He said all the in­for­ma­tion is passed on to lo­cal au­thor­i­ties. “The data we gather pro­vides clues for the po­lice, and, if they need us to, we also work with them to con­duct fur­ther re­search,” he said, adding that his team has taken part in in­ves­ti­ga­tions into more than 30 fraud cases.

As of Oc­to­ber, the web­site was work­ing with po­lice de­part­ments in 162 re­gions na­tion­wide, he said, adding that he pre­dicts the num­ber will con­tinue to in­crease.

YeMan­qing, head of cy­ber­se­cu­rity for the Beijing Pub­lic Se­cu­rity Bureau, said the plat­form unites three forces against fraud — po­lice, the pub­lic and on­line com­pa­nies.

“It’s a quick way to col­lect ev­i­dence of fraud and saves us time un­cov­er­ing se­cu­rity prob­lems,” he said, ex­plain­ing that au­thor­i­ties are step­ping up ef­forts to com­bat con artists, es­pe­cially those op­er­at­ing on­line, af­ter two tragedies in Au­gust.

Xu Yuyu, an 18-year-old from Linyi, Shan­dong prov­ince, died of a heart at­tack af­ter los­ing 9,900 yuan ($1,500) in a phone scam. The money had been in­tended to cover her col­lege tu­ition fees.

Song Zhen­ning, a col­lege stu­dent in the same prov­ince, also died of car­diac ar­rest five days af­ter be­ing swin­dled out of 2,000 yuan.

The Supreme Peo­ple’s Court has since called on judges to get tough with fraud­sters, while Xin­hua NewsAgency re­porte­donNov 2 that po­lice across Guang­dong prov­ince had busted 60 gangs in­volved in on­line fraud in the past five months.

“To quickly and ac­cu­rately find fraud­sters, and to pro­tect vic­tims, we’ve up­graded the plat­form to al­low users to re­port crimes via text mes­sages or voice mes­sages,” said Pei Zhiy­ong, a cy­ber­se­cu­rity spe­cial­ist at Qi­hoo 360, who is in charge of the web­site.

“We en­cour­age peo­ple to re­port any losses, even amounts as small as 2 yuan,” he said, as the same con can be used many times, cul­mi­nat­ing in a po­ten­tially huge in­come for crooks.

Ac­cord­ing to data com­piled by, al­most 35 per­cent of com­plaints filed last year were about fake job ad­ver­tise­ments that phish for per­sonal in­for­ma­tion. Other com­mon scams were re­lated to on­line games and fake prizes.

“Many fraud cases are a re­sult of peo­ple re­leas­ing their per­sonal in­for­ma­tion,” Pei said. “In the in­ter­net age, it’s hard to avoid giv­ing out our details, but we should al­ways ask for ver­i­fi­ca­tion that some­one is who they say they are. Dou­ble-check­ing is key.”

have been re­ceived from vic­tims since the web­site launched in May last year.

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