Chinese nationals detained for VoIP scams in Cambodia

PHNOM PENH (The Phnom Penh Post/ANN) - The National Police detained 105 Chinese nationals for their suspected involvement in Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) scams and living in the country without proper documentation.

The National Police detained 105 Chinese nationals including 10 women
on Monday for their suspected involvement in Voice over Internet
Protocol (VoIP) scams and living in the country without proper
documentation.

The suspects were detained after authorities conducted a raid at the
Suntown Commercial Building in Sen Sok’s district O’Bek Ka’am commune in
Phnom Penh, a statement issued on its website by the National Police
said.

Its spokesman Chhay Kim Khoeun told The Post on Tuesday that
some of the suspects were wanted in China for crimes committed there.

“I cannot share exactly what crimes they engaged in since we are
currently questioning them, but the 105 Chinese nationals will surely be
deported to their country of origin at the end of procedures. Some of
the suspects are wanted in China for crimes committed there,” he said.

Police confiscated 191 mobile phones, four laptops, two tablets, a car, and 47 passports as evidence.

Vattanac Mongkul, the director of the National Police’s Department of
Investigation and Procedure, led the operation in cooperation with
Phnom Penh Municipal Court deputy prosecutor Seng Heang.

Department of Immigration spokesperson Ath Bunny said he had not
received a report regarding the arrests as National Police chief Neth
Savoeun was leading investigations.

On August 28, China’s Ministry of Public Order deployed two aircraft
to assist in the deportation of 150 Chinese nationals from Phnom Penh
after they were arrested for VoIP-related crimes.

On August 18, the government issued a directive halting the issuance
of licences for online gambling, stating that such operations had
provided foreign nationals with the opportunity to secretly run online
money extortion scams.

San Chey, the executive director of NGO Affiliated Network for Social
Accountability, implored the authorities to investigate whether the
high number of Chinese nationals who immigrated to Cambodia was
protected by corrupt officials.

“The negligence of our authorities has allowed Chinese citizens to
commit crimes even after they were checked on time and time again. They
live differently from other foreigners . . . they live in packs in
condos and villas,” said Chey.

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