Taiwan Struggling to Stem Flow of Offshore Scammers

An ATM scam uncovered in Turkey is the latest is a spate of international fraud cases involving Taiwan.

The News Lens
Date: June 1, 2016
Translated and compiled by Yuan-ling Liang

A total of 52 Taiwanese were arrested by police in western Turkey earlier this week. According to

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Photo Credit: 2bgr8 CC BY SA 3.0

the authorities, the group had allegedly attached skimming devices to ATMs and recorded the credit card codes of more than 3,000 Chinese and Taiwanese. Investigations are ongoing, with reports saying that about 30 Chinese nartionals were also arrested.

Suspected Taiwanese fraudsters were detained in Kenya, Australia and Vietnam this year after targeting Chinese and Taiwanese in electronic scams.

According to the Ministry of Justice in Taioei, the government will continue to jointly investigate the cases with other countries, especially China.

KMT Legislator Jason Hsu (許毓仁) wrote in a Facebook post that he had confirmation from Minister of Justice Chiu Tai-san (邱太三) that officials were tracking fraud cases in 173 overseas locations.

“If 30 people are committing crimes at each location, this adds up to more than 5,000 Taiwanese nationals involved in fraud cases around the world,” Hsu wrote. “The government should definitely take action now or else Taiwan will become the country that ‘exports telecom fraud crimes.’”

Another KMT politician told People.CN there are more than 100,000 scammers committing fraud globally.     [FULL  STORY]

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