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8,700 detained for online crimes in China

Last Updated: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 13:28

Beijing: Police have busted more than 210 gangs and detained 8,700 people after they were found to have been involved in online crimes, a statement from China`s ministry of public security said Tuesday.

More than 4,100 internet-related fraud cases have been solved and 150 million yuan ($24.50 million) in economic losses has been recovered since the ministry launched a campaign against online crimes in June, Xinhua reported citing the ministry.

Last month, police from 13 provincial- and municipal-level regions busted 42 gangs and arrested 140 people allegedly involved in an online video fraud in China`s Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, according to the ministry.

The suspects allegedly stole contact details of users to log into QQ, a popular instant messaging programme, and record fake video chats that they used to defraud their victims` relatives and friends, according to the statement.

Several vehicles, computers and mobile phones used to commit the crimes were seized by police.


First Published: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 13:28
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