Chinese Coordinated Efforts Across Various Fronts Have Resulted In A Significant Decrease In Reported Cases of Chinese Scammers In Northern Myanmar*
*Reported cases is not necessarily a reduction in actual numbers of Chinese Scammers operating in Myanmar and elsewhere in Southeast Asia
According to Vice-Minister of Public Security Wang Zhizhong, reported cases of telecom and online fraud have dropped by 24 percent since August, demonstrating progress in the government’s crackdown. Wang made this announcement during a press conference in Beijing, where he shared that from January to the end of September, public security agencies apprehended 387 major leaders and key members of Chinese Scammers involved in phone & internet fruad groups.
Facing a challenging landscape, the Ministry of Public Security has worked closely with law enforcement agencies across the country to gain a comprehensive understanding of the characteristics and patterns of Chinese Scammers involved in phone & internet fruad. Specialized teams were created to investigate and address Chinese Scammers involved in phone & internet fruad-related issues, fostering collaboration both within the country and beyond. Wang emphasized the strengthening of multiple measures for the prevention and suppression of such crimes.
The ministry has also engaged in international cooperation by collaborating closely with foreign law enforcement agencies. As part of this effort, Chinese authorities received 4,666 suspects involved in telecom & Internet fraud originating from northern Myanmar through policing cooperation mechanisms. This collaboration included the transfer of 205 fugitives.
Additionally, hundreds of thousands of fraud suspects have been repatriated from Indonesia, Laos, and the Philippines. Wang highlighted that the ministry, in coordination with the Supreme People’s Procuratorate, has overseen the investigation of major cases, exposing fraudulent schemes to deter criminals.
In the fight against these crimes, the ministry has partnered with various departments to address related issues such as fraudulent advertisements, illicit money transfers, money laundering, and technical support for fraud.
Wang emphasized the priority of early-stage prevention and precaution, implementing various preventive measures to minimize the occurrence of such cases. To this end, the ministry has guided law enforcement agencies at all levels to establish a classified warning and dissuasion mechanism. Through this system, the police have issued 310 million warning notices to regions across the country.
In collaboration with the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the ministry introduced the 12381 anti-fraud warning and dissuasion SMS system. This initiative has sent out a total of 640 million warning messages.
Lin Yongsheng, the director of the Department of Policy and Regulation at the National Immigration Administration, emphasized that in recent years, overseas gambling and fraud groups have joined forces with domestic individuals to lure Chinese citizens into cross-border gambling and Chinese Scammers involved in phone & internet fruad schemes, severely impacting people’s safety and property.
Immigration authorities have taken action against organized smuggling activities, intercepting individuals suspected of involvement in gambling and fraud. This crackdown aims to protect citizens from such activities.