Taipei-Seven suspects were arrested in Chiayi on Wednesday when police in the southern Taiwan city busted a crime ring that had been defrauding ethnic Chinese women in other countries, according to the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB).
At a news conference in Chiayi city on Thursday, CIB officers said the raid was carried out based on information received from the International Criminal Police Organization about a Taiwanese scam ring that was swindling foreign-based ethnic Chinese females who were eager to get married.
During the raid at three different locations in the city, seven people were arrested and their computers, smartphones, and banks books were seized, along with a car, the CIB officers said.
The seven suspects, who all had criminal records, allegedly were posting photos of physically attractive men on social media sites to lure women who wanted to get married, according to police.
After gaining the trust of the women, the suspects would start using all sorts of ploys to obtain money from their targets, stringing the women along with the promise of marriage, police said.
At least 10 ethnic Chinese women abroad were defrauded by the crime ring, with one of them turning over as much as 355,000 yuan (NT$54,615), police said.
One of the suspects was also allegedly running an illegal gambling website at one of the locations that was raided, according to police.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel