Fraudsters cash in on New Year

NO FRIEND OF MINE: The Criminal Investigation Bureau urged people to be on the alert when they receive any telephone call or text message that is requesting money

Taipei Times
Date: Feb 03, 2020
By: Chiu Chun-fu and Dennis Xie  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

Amid a rising number of fraud cases, the Criminal Investigation Bureau yesterday urged the public

A handout provided by the Criminal Investigation Bureau on Saturday details typical fraud tricks and ways to avoid being scammed.
Photo courtesy of the Criminal Investigation Bureau

to double check the identity of “relatives or friends” who ask for money in a telephone call.

Fraudsters cash in on the Lunar New Year holiday by impersonating an acquaintance to ask that a victim transfer them money, with older people making up nearly 70 percent of victims, the Crime Prevention Affairs Division said.

Citing a case, officials said that a Taipei man, surnamed Chang (張), received a telephone call from someone claiming to be the brother of his ex-wife who was in urgent need of cash.

Without verifying the identity of the caller, whose voice Chang said was very similar to his ex-wife’s brother’s, Chang added him to his Line app and transfered NT$50,000 to his account, believing that he would be repaid the next day, the officials said.    [FULL  STORY]

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