Guang­dong po­lice cite anti-tele­fraud cen­ter as rea­son for 2 years of suc­cess

China Daily - - CHINA - By ZHENG CAIXIONG in Guangzhou zheng­caix­iong@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Guang­dong po­lice have shut down more than 649,000 tele­phone num­bers across the prov­ince that were sus­pected of be­ing used for tele­phone fraud and other crimes, af­ter a cen­ter to fight tele­fraud was es­tab­lished in Septem­ber 2016, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment re­leased by the Guang­dong Pub­lic Se­cu­rity Depart­ment.

“Mean­while, po­lice have re­trieved more than 1.73 bil­lion yuan ($254 mil­lion) that had been taken by fraud­sters. Of the to­tal, about 210 mil­lion yuan and $2 mil­lion have been re­turned to the vic­tims,” the state­ment said.

In the first nine months alone, po­lice across the prov­ince de­tained 8,370 sus­pected tele­phone fraud­sters af­ter crack­ing more than 16,000 cases, the state­ment said.

The cen­ter launched 18 spe­cial cam­paigns tar­get­ing tele­fraud and other on­line crimes be­tween Jan­uary and Septem­ber, deal­ing a heavy blow to op­er­a­tions once ac­tive in the south­ern prov­ince, it said.

An of­fi­cer from Guang­dong said the po­lice will not re­lax their vig­i­lance in the months to come, and the prov­ince will con­tinue to see a high in­ci­dence of cases. Such crimes still threaten so­cial sta­bil­ity and the safety of res­i­dents’ prop­er­ties, he said.

He urged res­i­dents not to trans­fer any money to bank ac­counts pro­vided by peo­ple they do not know.

“Peo­ple should fur­ther im­prove their aware­ness to guard against be­ing taken in by scams, as well as ac­tively tip off po­lice to any clues in­volv­ing tele­phone fraud and on­line crimes,” said the of­fi­cer, who asked not to be named. “Fraud­sters are seiz­ing ev­ery op­por­tu­nity to con their vic­tims.”

He said that more new mea­sures will be in­tro­duced — tech­nol­ogy and equip­ment in­clud­ing big data, cloud com­put­ing and ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence — to help com­bat on­line and tele­phone fraud in the com­ing months, be­cause the fraud­sters are up­grad­ing their meth­ods to tar­get vic­tims.

“More cam­paigns will be launched in co­op­er­a­tion with other de­part­ments and com­pa­nies, in­clud­ing banks, in­ter­net op­er­a­tors and telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion com­pa­nies, to fo­cus on fight­ing the crimes,” he said.

Fang Zhuom­ing, an of­fice worker in Guangzhou’s Yuexiu district, said tele­fraud is ac­tive in the prov­ince and po­lice should spare no ef­fort and in­tro­duce even more con­crete and ef­fec­tive mea­sures to fight it.

“Many of my friends and col­leagues are re­ported to have been de­frauded, or have been tar­gets of tele­phone fraud in the past months,” she said.

MAO SIQIAN / XIN­HUA

A tele­com fraud sus­pect gets off a plane es­corted by po­lice of­fi­cers at Shen­zhen Baoan In­ter­na­tional Air­port in Guang­dong prov­ince on Wed­nes­day.

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