Telescams still serious but on the decline, says China, while attention is on Cambodia

The recent surge in telecom fraud has been contained, but the strengthened crackdown will continue along with the comprehensive approach to governance and prevention, authorities said on Thursday.

The number of registered fraud cases has declined for nine straight months since June last year. In addition, across the country, police solved 394,000 cases and arrested 634,000 suspects, numbers that are up 28.5 percent and 76.6 percent year-on-year, respectively, according to the Ministry of Public Security.

The ministry has worked with other judicial and administrative agencies to combat every step of fraud, including perpetrators attempting to leave the country to commit crimes and those buying other people’s phones and bank cards to conduct their activities disguise, said Du Hangwei, vice-minister of public security.

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

Through push notifications and lead-collecting, authorities helped 61.78 million people not to be fooled last year. They also intensified countermeasures and set up a fast dynamic mechanism that blocked 1.95 billion fraudulent calls, 2.14 billion short messages and 2.106 million fraudulent domain names and websites, and stopped paying 329.1 billion yuan, which may be involved in fraud was.

Du said the public security organs have vigorously promoted source control, education and persuasion, and persuaded 210,000 people involved in fraud to return to China last year. The number of people committing fraud against Chinese abroad has also decreased significantly.

Strict exit control measures have been introduced, effectively shutting down border smuggling and preventing large numbers of scammers from leaving China to engage in scams abroad, he said.

Liu Zhongyi, chief of the criminal investigation department of the Ministry of Public Security, said the rapid rise in cases has been contained, but the telecom fraud remains grim and complex and the strengthened crackdown and comprehensive governance should remain active.

Telecom network fraud has become the dominant crime in recent years and has become a global problem. Gangs use custom scripts based on personal information to commit their crimes, and police have uncovered more than 50 different categories of fraud, including fake investments and financial management, fake online loans and customer service, Liu said.

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

The recent surge in telecom fraud has been contained, but the strengthened crackdown will continue along with the comprehensive approach to governance and prevention, authorities said on Thursday.

The number of registered fraud cases has declined for nine straight months since June last year. In addition, across the country, police solved 394,000 cases and arrested 634,000 suspects, numbers that are up 28.5 percent and 76.6 percent year-on-year, respectively, according to the Ministry of Public Security.

The ministry has worked with other judicial and administrative agencies to combat every step of fraud, including perpetrators attempting to leave the country to commit crimes and those buying other people’s phones and bank cards to conduct their activities disguise, said Du Hangwei, vice-minister of public security.

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

Through push notifications and lead-collecting, authorities helped 61.78 million people not to be fooled last year. They also intensified countermeasures and set up a fast dynamic mechanism that blocked 1.95 billion fraudulent calls, 2.14 billion short messages and 2.106 million fraudulent domain names and websites, and stopped paying 329.1 billion yuan, which may be involved in fraud was.

Du said the public security organs have vigorously promoted source control, education and persuasion, and persuaded 210,000 people involved in fraud to return to China last year. The number of people committing fraud against Chinese abroad has also decreased significantly.

Strict exit control measures have been introduced, effectively shutting down border smuggling and preventing large numbers of scammers from leaving China to engage in scams abroad, he said.

Liu Zhongyi, chief of the criminal investigation department of the Ministry of Public Security, said the rapid rise in cases has been contained, but the telecom fraud remains grim and complex and the strengthened crackdown and comprehensive governance should remain active.

Telecom network fraud has become the dominant crime in recent years and has become a global problem. Gangs use custom scripts based on personal information to commit their crimes, and police have uncovered more than 50 different categories of fraud, including fake investments and financial management, fake online loans and customer service, Liu said.

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

Investigations into five major cross-border telecommunications fraud cases have been placed under the joint supervision of the Supreme People’s Procuratorate and the Ministry of Public Security, sending a strong signal that China will severely punish such crimes.

The cases have been recorded in Zhejiang, Fujian, Henan and Hunan provinces and Chongqing Municipality, each affecting a large number of victims and causing serious harm to the public, the SPP said on Tuesday.

In one case in December 2020, Zhejiang police investigated evidence against foreign telecom scam gangs and uncovered a group holed up in Cambodia.

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