NT$650,000 returned to Chinese victim of Taiwanese fraud ring

2017/09/29 21:23:55
CNA file photo

CNA file photo

Taipei, Sept. 29 (CNA) The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) said Friday that it returned approximately NT$650,000 (US$21,416) on Tuesday to a Chinese national who was swindled by a Taiwanese fraud ring operating in China.

The fraud victim, surnamed Liu (劉), unsuspectingly remitted the sum to a UnionPay dummy account controlled by the fraud ring in China in Oct. 2014.

The fraud ring was then able to withdraw money from the UnionPay card in Taiwan at automatic teller machines that accepted the card.

The MOJ said members of the fraud ring pretended to be Chinese officials when they phoned their targets telling them that they were victims of ID card fraud.

They would then ask would-be victims to pay a security deposit in compliance with the investigation, the MOJ said.

The Taiwanese fraud suspects were later arrested in Taiwan with the money by the Jhubei Precinct of the Hsinchu County Police Bureau under the direction of the Hsinchu District Prosecutors Office.

Taiwan has returned approximately NT$20.54 million of seized criminal proceeds back to China since April 2014 when it began the practice.

(By Liu Shih-i and William Yen)
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