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Telephone swindlers caught by authorities

CHANGNING District police have cracked two gangs of scammers who have posed as telecom employees, detaining nine suspects who allegedly cheated locals out of 5.9 million yuan (US$863,507) over the phone, the Shanghai Public Security Bureau said yesterday.

A victim, surnamed Liu living on Yuyuan Road, received a call on February 24 from a man claiming to be staff from a telecom in Songjiang District, saying Liu owed a huge amount of phone bills.

In this case, and in most such cases, the scam artist convinced the victim she had to send the money to a "safer" account because someone had gained access to her original account, and transferred the call to another swindler posing as a Songjiang District police officer. Liu transferred 2 million yuan to the swindlers' account from an ATM machine.

Through bank records, police traced the suspects in Guangdong Province's Meizhou, Huizhou, Zhaoqing, Maoming cities and Huainan City in Anhui Province, where cash was withdrawn from ATMs.

Three main suspects, two surnamed Lin and one surnamed Cai, were detained by officers on March 11 and 18 in Xiamen City, Fujiian Province, while another three suspects were caught in Xiamen on March 12. Police froze 730,000 yuan the suspects had not withdrawn.

Three suspects of another gang, surnamed Liu, Yang and Wu, were detained in Xiamen on February 19 and 26, police said.

Suspects have admitted they conned residents in other districts, including Baoshan, Jinshan, Pudong, Huangpu, Putuo and Hongkou, investigators said.

A total of 468 bank cards, four laptops and 28 cell phones were also seized.


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