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Cambodia arrests 80 Taiwanese, Chinese for telephone scam

Published on Jan 7, 2013 8:17 PM

PHNOM PENH (AFP) - About 80 Taiwanese and Chinese mainlanders have been arrested in Cambodia for allegedly extorting money from victims overseas over the telephone, police said on Monday.

The suspects, mostly Taiwanese who were arrested on Saturday, will be deported to their home countries to face justice, interior ministry spokesman Khieu Sopheak told AFP.

"They committed crimes by using (telephones over the) Internet to extort money from victims abroad," he said, adding that China had cooperated in the bust.

More than 500 mainland Chinese and Taiwanese have been arrested and deported by Cambodia for alleged Internet extortion since 2010, according to police, who say the suspects often threaten their victims.

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