CIB busts teenager fraud ring over impersonating officials
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.