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Police bust phone ring with base in Taiwan, net 37 suspects

A TELECOM fraud ring has been busted, netting 37 suspects, Shanghai police announced yesterday.

The ring, led by a suspect surnamed Luo, operated from Taiwan and made phone calls via the Internet, police said. Since last year, they have cheated 10 mainland victims out of more than 6 million yuan (US$961,300), the Shanghai Public Security Bureau said.

A Shanghai man surnamed Gao got a call from a woman last October saying someone had stolen his identity to launder money and he needed to move his savings to a "secure account" provided by the police.

Gao believed the woman and transferred 2 million yuan (US$320,400) to a bogus account, police said.

Shanghai police found Gao's money was later spread to more than 300 accounts and was cashed out from ATM machines in Taiwan.

After cooperating with Taiwan police in a year-long investigation, officers from both sides conducted a series of raids last Thursday.

Twenty-six suspects were caught in Taiwan and the other 11 were nabbed in the provinces of Guangdong and Hunan and the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

Police found two telephone platforms with 10 Internet phones, three scam scripts and NT$554,000 (US$18,932). Officers also froze more than 680,000 yuan in the suspects' bank accounts.


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