Hunan police cracks down on online criminal gang targeting overseas internet users
Published: Jul 06, 2022 12:02 AM
online scams Photo: VCG
Photo: VCG

Police in Changning city, Central China's Hunan Province, cracked down on a criminal gang targeting overseas internet users with phone and online scams.

The seven members of the gang, led by a 30-year-old man surnamed Zhou, won the trust of victims through romantic relationships before tricking them into gambling or financing schemes or asked for money directly.

The police in Changning spotted the criminal gang after a thorough and careful investigative work and identified its location in Guangzhou's Panyu district, South China's Guangdong Province, The Paper reported.

Seven members of the gang were captured while they were committing fraud at their criminal den when the police took action on June 27. Criminal evidence was confiscated, including 10 computers, 74 mobile phones and over 100 overseas SIM cards.

The police found that all the conversations stored in the computers and mobile phones were in English.

After a preliminary investigation, the police found that the gang had connections with criminal organizations engaged in phone and online scams in northern Myanmar and Laos.

The suspects pretended to be from India or the Middle East by changing their social media accounts and communicated with victims through common translation software, inducing the victims to invest in a fraudulent scheme.

All the seven suspects have been placed under criminal detention and the process of the case is ongoing.

Since the victims are in foreign countries and regions, which makes it difficult to trace down the cash flow, the police are sparing no effort to collect evidence.

According to The Paper, similar phone and online fraud cases have been solved by police in multiple places in Southwest China's Sichuan Province, and Central China's Hunan and Hubei provinces.

The local police captured the five members of a criminal gang in Hubei's Danjiangkou city on June 13. A suspect surnamed Pan told the police that they could not successfully commit the crime even once because of their poor English since the gang was formed one month ago.