Taipei, March 16 (CNA) Police in southern Taiwan recently arrested eight people and seized a number of electronic devices during a raid on a house in Tainan, which was believed to be the base of a telecommunications fraud ring, the Criminal Investigation Police Office (CIPO) said Thursday.
Acting on a tip-off, the police entered an upscale house in the southern city and arrested the suspected ring leader and seven other people who were allegedly running a scam that had already yielded 400,000 Chinese yuan (US$57,983), the southern branch of the CIPO said.
The police also confiscated 20 mobile phones and a number of computers, bank cards and handbooks on how to conduct telecom fraud, the office said.
Police said they had received information that before the alleged ringleader recruited the group of suspected scammers, he had traveled to Japan to practice how to defraud people.
The case has been turned over to prosecutors for investigation, according to police.
(By Chen Jao-fo and Evelyn Kao)