CIB busts teenager fraud ring over im­per­son­at­ing of­fi­cials

The China Post - - LOCAL -

The Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion Bureau (CIB, ) re­cently busted a fraud ring in­clud­ing teenage sus­pects who im­per­son­ated law en­force­ment of­fi­cials and scammed vic­tims of up to mil­lions of New Tai­wan dol­lars.

In a state­ment, the CIB said its sev­enth di­vi­sion busted the ring dur­ing sep­a­rate raids con­ducted at 11 lo­ca­tions around the coun­try on June 2.

Ten sus­pects, in­clud­ing seven teenagers, were ar­rested dur­ing the raids. Au­thor­i­ties also con­fis­cated cell­phones al­legedly used in the fraud schemes.

Ac­cord­ing to the CIB, the sus­pects pre­tended to be pros­e­cu­tors, po­lice of­fi­cers and other law en­force­ment of­fi­cials and made phone calls to peo­ple in Taipei, New Taipei, Taoyuan, Keelung and Tainan cities from De­cem­ber 2014 to May.

They told vic­tims, mostly el­derly peo­ple, that they needed to pay money to re­claim bank ac­counts that they were told has been com­pro­mised by scam­mers, the CIB said.

The fraud ring of­ten re­cruited teenagers to join, claim­ing that they could earn easy money in a short pe­riod time, the CIB noted.

The case is now be­ing in­ves­ti­gated by the Taichung Dis­trict Pros­e­cu­tors Of­fice and its Ju­ve­nile Court, it added.

The CIB warned peo­ple to be on guard against this kind of scam.

The bureau also urged any­one with ques­tions to call the Na­tional Po­lice Agency’s 165 hot­line for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on such fraud schemes.

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