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Telefraud remains serious, but declining, says China as attention shifts to Cambodia

The recent rise in telecommunications fraud has been curbed, but the intensification of the crackdown will continue in parallel with the comprehensive approach to governance and prevention, authorities said on Thursday.

The number of registered fraud cases has declined for nine consecutive months since June last year. Additionally, the national police solved 394,000 cases and arrested 634,000 suspects, figures up 28.5 percent and 76.6 percent year-on-year, respectively, according to the Ministry of Public Security.

The ministry has worked with other judicial and administrative departments to target every stage of fraud, including perpetrators who attempt to leave the country to commit crimes and those who buy phones and bank cards belonging to other people. to hide their activities, said Du Hangwei, vice president. Minister of Public Security.

“Big data, cloud computing, artificial intelligence and other technological means have been fully integrated into deterrence and management to prevent the public from being deceived,” Du said.

Through push notification warnings and clue collection, authorities helped 61.78 million people avoid being deceived last year. They also stepped up countermeasures and implemented a fast and dynamic mechanism that blocked 1.95 billion fraudulent calls, 2.14 billion short messages and 2.106 million fraudulent domain names and websites, and stopped payment of 329.1 billion yuan that may have been involved in fraud.

Du said public security organs have vigorously promoted source control, education and persuasion, and persuaded 210,000 people involved in fraud to return to China over the past year. The number of people committing fraud against Chinese overseas has also dropped significantly.

Strict exit control measures have been put in place, effectively cutting off smuggling at borders and preventing large numbers of those involved in fraud from attempting to leave China to engage in overseas fraud, it said. -he declares.

Liu Zhongyi, head of the Criminal Investigation Bureau of the Ministry of Public Security, said the rapid rise in cases had been curbed, but telecom fraud remained dark and complex, and intensified crackdown and comprehensive governance needed stay active.

Telecom network fraud has become the dominant crime in recent years and has become a global problem. Gangs use custom scripts based on personal information to commit their crimes, and police have uncovered more than 50 different categories of fraud, including fake investments and financial management, fake online loans and customer service, Liu said.

To strengthen legal support, the Legislative Working Committee of the National People’s Congress is accelerating the legislation of the Anti-Telecommunications and Internet Fraud Law.

The recent rise in telecommunications fraud has been curbed, but the intensification of the crackdown will continue in parallel with the comprehensive approach to governance and prevention, authorities said on Thursday.

The number of registered fraud cases has declined for nine consecutive months since June last year. Additionally, the national police solved 394,000 cases and arrested 634,000 suspects, figures up 28.5 percent and 76.6 percent year-on-year, respectively, according to the Ministry of Public Security.

The ministry has worked with other judicial and administrative departments to target every stage of fraud, including perpetrators who attempt to leave the country to commit crimes and those who buy phones and bank cards belonging to other people. to hide their activities, said Du Hangwei, vice president. Minister of Public Security.

“Big data, cloud computing, artificial intelligence and other technological means have been fully integrated into deterrence and management to prevent the public from being deceived,” Du said.

Through push notification warnings and clue collection, authorities helped 61.78 million people avoid being deceived last year. They also stepped up countermeasures and implemented a fast and dynamic mechanism that blocked 1.95 billion fraudulent calls, 2.14 billion short messages and 2.106 million fraudulent domain names and websites, and stopped payment of 329.1 billion yuan that may have been involved in fraud.

Du said public security organs have vigorously promoted source control, education and persuasion, and persuaded 210,000 people involved in fraud to return to China over the past year. The number of people committing fraud against Chinese overseas has also dropped significantly.

Strict exit control measures have been put in place, effectively cutting off smuggling at borders and preventing large numbers of those involved in fraud from attempting to leave China to engage in overseas fraud, it said. -he declares.

Liu Zhongyi, head of the Criminal Investigation Bureau of the Ministry of Public Security, said the rapid rise in cases had been curbed, but telecom fraud remained dark and complex, and intensified crackdown and comprehensive governance needed stay active.

Telecom network fraud has become the dominant crime in recent years and has become a global problem. Gangs use custom scripts based on personal information to commit their crimes, and police have uncovered more than 50 different categories of fraud, including fake investments and financial management, fake online loans and customer service, Liu said.

To strengthen legal support, the Legislative Working Committee of the National People’s Congress is accelerating the legislation of the Anti-Telecommunications and Internet Fraud Law.

Investigations into five major cases of cross-border telecommunications fraud have been placed under the joint supervision of the Supreme People’s Procuratorate and the Ministry of Public Security, sending a strong signal that China will severely punish these crimes.

The cases were recorded in Zhejiang, Fujian, Henan and Hunan provinces, as well as Chongqing Municipality, and each involved a large number of victims and caused serious harm to the public, the PPS said on Tuesday. .

In one case, Zhejiang police investigated evidence against overseas telecommunications fraud gangs in December 2020 and discovered an entrenched group in Cambodia.

  • Keywords: China, telecom fraud