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Trio arrested for elaborate scam

THREE men have been arrested over an elaborate telecom scam by bogus police and prosecutors that netted millions of yuan, Minhang District People’s Procuratorate said yesterday.

The three men in their 20s are alleged to have duped two middle-aged women out of 2.01 million yuan (US$332,454).

Two, surnamed Zhu and Dai, are from Taiwan while the third, surnamed Li, is from southeastern Fujian Province.

Victims were called and told that their name had come up in a drug trafficking case due to personal information being leaked and were asked to give bank details.

A 47-year-old victim, surnamed Ye, received a call from a man claiming to be a prosecutor on October 27.

He said her details had been disclosed by a retired bank clerk and she was implicated in a drugs case in which 1.8 million yuan had been laundered.

Ye was asked for her bank account information and a USB key used to identify an account holder in online banking. A man, in a uniform complete with a fake badge for the “Beijing People’s Prosecutors’ Office,” met Ye in a hotel room and collected the USB key.

Ye realized she’d been duped when she saw that 870,000 yuan was gone from her account and called police.

A 55-year-old woman, surnamed Fan, was swindled out of 1.2 million yuan by the same scam, giving her USB key to a “prosecutor” in a local hotel on October 30.

The three men were held by local police on November 5.



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