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Crackdown on cell phone scams

POLICE in Changning District are tackling mobile phone scams by offering rewards of 200 yuan (US$29.30) to bank clerks and security guards who prevent remittances being sent.

A crackdown has been launched after district police uncovered 226 cases where people had been swindled out of a total 10 million yuan (US$1.46 million) by responding to SMS messages on their phones, said Zhang Hongbing, deputy director of Changning Public Security Bureau.

"The number has more than doubled this year as less than 100 similar cases were handled last year," said police officer Chen Chao.

Chen said the swindle took a variety of forms, including fake phone calls supposedly from the government providing a "safe" bank account, and kidnap warnings.

The campaign aims to eliminate the crime during World Exp.

Changning has cooperated with local banks by installing warnings, and organizing training courses for bank clerks. These measures prevented 14 cases covering 1.84 million yuan since July.

"The most effective way to prevent phone swindles is to stop the remittance from the victims at the bank and enhance awareness," said He Minzhong, deputy director of Bank of Shanghai, Changning Branch.


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