Chinese scam suspects took over 11-story block in Cambodia

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Scammers choose countries where they think law enforcement is weak and governments are unlikely to see them as a priority, said Lennon Chang, a criminologist and expert in telecoms fraud at Monash University in Melbourne. 

"We might be able to call them criminal nomads," he told Reuters, saying they moved every couple of weeks. 

The fraudsters sometimes posed as officials and tricked people into disclosing bank account details, he said. 

"The leaders are not easy to discover. All are young kids. Even if the crime syndicates are discovered and dissolved, the leaders will be able to start a new group in a short period of time."

Period19 Aug 2017

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  • TitleChinese scam suspects took over 11-story block in Cambodia
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletReuters
    Media typeRadio
    CountryAustralia
    Date19/08/17
    DescriptionScammers choose countries where they think law enforcement is weak and governments are unlikely to see them as a priority, said Lennon Chang, a criminologist and expert in telecoms fraud at Monash University in Melbourne.

    "We might be able to call them criminal nomads," he told Reuters, saying they moved every couple of weeks.

    The fraudsters sometimes posed as officials and tricked people into disclosing bank account details, he said.

    "The leaders are not easy to discover. All are young kids. Even if the crime syndicates are discovered and dissolved, the leaders will be able to start a new group in a short period of time."
    URLhttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-cambodia-china-taiwan-idUSKCN1AZ033
    PersonsLennon Chang