China sent working groups to Cambodia to crack down on telecom fraud

The rising trend of telecom fraud in recent years has been effectively contained, but increased crackdowns will persist along with comprehensive governance and prevention, authorities said.

“There are still a large number of criminal gangs in Cambodia, the Philippines, the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, northern Myanmar and other countries and regions committing fraud against Chinese citizens,” Liu said.

Over the past year, the ministry sent several working groups to Cambodia, the United Arab Emirates, northern Myanmar and other key countries and regions to conduct international law enforcement cooperation. More than 610 suspects have been repatriated to China from abroad, Liu said.

An investigative team from China’s Ministry of Public Security was also stationed at Cambodia’s Interior Ministry to investigate and cooperate with Cambodia’s crackdown on online fraud and online gambling syndicates.

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The number of registered fraud cases has decreased for nine months in a row. Police have solved 394,000 such cases and arrested 634,000 suspects nationwide, up 28.5 percent and 76.6 percent from a year earlier, according to the Ministry of Public Security.

The ministry has been working with other judicial and administrative departments to tackle all aspects of fraud, including people leaving the country to commit crimes and using phone and bank cards for fraud activities, said Du Hangwei, vice minister of public security .

“Big data, cloud computing, artificial intelligence and other technological means have been deeply integrated into prevention measures and management to prevent the public from being deceived,” Du said.

Authorities helped 61.7 million people avoid being fooled by potential telecom scams last year. They also intensified countermeasures and set up a fast and dynamic mechanism, blocking 1.95 billion fraudulent calls, 2.14 billion text messages, 2.1 million fraudulent domain names and websites, and 329 billion yuan ($51.6 billion) in payments US Dollars) that may have been fraudulent.

Du said public security organs have vigorously promoted source control and investigation, and persuaded 210,000 people involved in fraud to return from abroad last year. The number of people who have committed crimes against Chinese from abroad has decreased significantly.

Strict exit control measures have also been introduced, effectively cutting off smuggling channels at the border and preventing large numbers of fraudsters from trying to leave China to engage in fraud, he said.

Liu Zhongyi, chief of the Criminal Investigation Department of the Ministry of Public Security, said the rapid rise in cases has been effectively contained, but the telecom fraud crime landscape remains grim and complex, and the tightened crackdown and comprehensive governance should remain in place.

Telecom network fraud has become a mainstream crime in recent years and is a global problem.

Scam gangs use customized scripts based on collected personal information to target various groups, covering areas such as fake investments and financial management, fake online loans and fake customer service, Liu said.

Liu said scam gangs are well organized and have a clear division of labor, with group leaders often hiding abroad and under the guise of recruiting with high salaries to lure and recruit inexperienced young people into scam activities.

Through foreign chat software, the group leaders lead mainland China people to engage in various crimes involving things such as mobile app production and development, advertising, trade information, money transfer and money laundering. Such crimes have the obvious characteristics of transnational organized crime, he said.

Li Ruiyi, deputy chief judge of the No.3 Criminal Division of the Supreme People’s Court, said the courts combine making amends for people’s losses with advancing the process while handling such cases to ensure the funds involved are returned to the victims in a timely manner will.

Li said the Supreme Court, the Supreme People’s Procuratorate and the ministry have continuously improved and clarified the standards for applying laws to meet the needs of case-handling.

“We will explore and formulate standards of evidence adapted to the characteristics and laws of telecommunications fraud cases, and further solve the difficulties in investigating, collecting and identifying such cases,” Li said.

To provide legal support, the Legislative Working Committee of the National People’s Congress is speeding up legislation of the Anti-Telecom and Internet Fraud Law.

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