‘We call them criminal nomads’: 200 Chinese scam suspects took over 11-storey block in Cambodian capital

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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 said, 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,” he said. “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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  • Title‘We call them criminal nomads’: 200 Chinese scam suspects took over 11-storey block in Cambodian capital
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletSouth China Morning Post
    Media typePrint
    CountryHong Kong
    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 said, 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,” he said. “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.”
    URLwww.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2107452/we-call-them-criminal-nomads-chinese-scam-suspects-took
    PersonsLennon Chang