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Cops beef up effort against phone scams

POLICE in Changning District are rolling out the carrots and sticks to stem the increasing number of mobile phone scams that are draining residents' bank accounts.

Police are offering rewards of 200 yuan (US$29.30) to bank clerks and security guards who prevent scam remittances from being sent.

And they are sending stern warnings to banks that don't do a good job stopping customers from being bilked by smooth-talking con artists.

"Phone swindles are on the rise and will reach a peak by the end of the year," said Zhang Hongbing, deputy director of the Changning Public Security Bureau. "If swindles aren't prevented at an early stage, the banks are the last stand in the battle."

Changning police have already prevented 226 phone swindles involving 10 million yuan this year. The number of cases doubled from last year.

The swindles have taken a variety of forms, including phone calls from a fake bank, business or government employee and people claiming they had kidnapped a relative and demanded ransom. Gullible bank customers either revealed an account password or transferred money into an account held by the con men.


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