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Two Taiwanese men have been arrested for their suspected involvement in a series of scams, including cheating a woman out of $70,000.
The police said in a statement that a 58-year-old woman lodged a police report on Monday (Mar 26) saying that she had been cheated of the mentioned sum of money.
She said that she received a call on Mar 25 from a man who claimed to be from the Chinese Police.
He told the victim that she had been identified as a suspect in a cross-border fraud and had to surrender all her monies in her bank account for investigations.
The victim was flustered and withdrew $70,000 from her bank account on the same day.
She then met and handed the cash to another man as directed by the man on the phone.
After conducting extensive follow-up investigations, the police arrested the two Taiwanese men, aged 26 and 35, on Mar 28.
Preliminary investigations revealed that they had received criminal proceeds that were linked to a China Official Impersonation Scam.
They are also believed to be involved in several other similar cases.
The two men will be charged in court with dishonestly receiving stolen property. If found guilty, they can be jailed for up to five years and/or fined.
The police advised the public to take the following precautions when receiving unsolicited calls asking them to surrender money: