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Chinese nationals arrested for extortion ring in Cambodia

Independence Monument, Phnom Penh

Independence Monument, Phnom Penh

More than 500 Chinese and Taiwanese nationals accused of extortion have been deported since 2010 to their homelands.

Last week, Cambodian authorities in Phnom Penh arrested again 39 Chinese nationals suspected of participating and involvement in an organized illegal network that operates a phone-based extortion ring, the Cambodian National Police announced on their website. With state of the art technology the suspects did cheat money from Chinese victims in their own country China and in Taiwan using different ruses to defraud and extort.

A raid by Ministry of Interior police found 27 men and 12 women using several locations in the Cambodian capital to make scam calls to China using voice over internet protocol.

“All these are new groups, their ages range from 18 to 32 years. They are the best, the kings when it comes to IT skills and using VOIP equipment, the Cambodian police said.

The website notes this was one of many recent arrests resulting from an investigation into international phone scams based in Cambodia.

In January 2013, the Cambodian police arrested 80 Chinese and Taiwanese nationals who were believed to be carrying out the same style of scams from seven different places around Phnom Penh.

In May 2012, a further 45 Taiwanese nationals were arrested and deported in an other case of online extortion after the Chinese Embassy received a tip-off and contacted the Cambodian police.

Cambodian authorities do not believe that the different groups arrested are connected.


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Living in South East Asia (Vietnam & Cambodia). At the ending/starting point of the more than 1000 year old SIlk Road.

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