Efforts to fight scams are successful, but the situation remains grim

The crackdown on telecommunications fraud has yielded good results, but the situation remains complicated and grim and requires comprehensive social governance, authorities said.

According to the Ministry of Public Security, the number of registered telecom fraud cases has steadily decreased since last June thanks to effective measures taken by all relevant departments.

Liu Zhongyi, head of the criminal investigation bureau at the Ministry of Public Security, said telecom fraud has evolved significantly along with technology in recent years, and fraudsters are taking advantage of global issues such as the COVID pandemic. -19.

“Currently, telecommunications fraud is growing rapidly in developed countries,” he said. “With the spread of COVID-19, more and more people are relying on the internet for work and buying goods. This has further compounded the problem.”

Fraud gangs follow social media trends closely and modify their scripts based on illegally gathered personal information to better target different groups. Public security organs uncovered more than 50 types of fraud, including those related to investment and financial management and online lending.

Some fraudsters also pretend to be customer service agents and even pose as agents of public security organs, procuratorates and courts, Liu said.

Gangs are capitalizing on blockchain, virtual currency, GoIP, artificial intelligence, and other technologies to commit crimes. As the number of tools they can use increases, the number of crimes increases, he said.

“About 60% of telecom fraud cases are committed through fake apps, and scammers have begun to make extensive use of text messages, virtual private networks, cloud voice calls and foreign phone cards to commit fraud. fraud,” Liu said. “Furthermore, they have reduced their use of third-party payments or corporate accounts for money laundering, opting instead to use digital currencies.”

He said the gangs are well organized, with leaders often hiding abroad and recruiting inexperienced youths with the promise of high salaries. Via chat software, they order the people of mainland China to engage in various crimes.

“There are still a large number of criminal gangs in Cambodia, the Philippines, the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, northern Myanmar and other countries and regions that commit fraud targeting Chinese citizens,” Liu said. .

The general offices of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and the State Council jointly issued a document on strengthening the suppression of telecommunications fraud in April.

The finance, telecommunications, internet and other sectors should improve their ability to fight fraud, he said.

Sui Jing, head of the network security administration office of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, said he has set up anti-fraud teams and strengthened cooperation with public security organs.

Last year, the ministry got rid of 97 million phone cards and took down 57 million internet accounts affiliated with them to thwart the gangs.

“The ministry will improve governance of the Internet and cross-border telecommunications, strengthen regulation of major companies involved in fraud, and regularly promote credit management,” Sui said. “Additionally, anti-fraud technologies will be enhanced to improve embedded technology as well as defensive surveillance and early warning.”

Telecom operators in Zhejiang, Henan, Jiangxi, Liaoning and Guizhou provinces have blocked text messages and phone calls from Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan and international sites by default to prevent fraud cross-border telecom and protect customer safety. China Daily

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