Cambodia’s Immigration Police yesterday deported more than 70 Chinese nationals for their alleged involvement in a voice over internet protocol (VoIP) scam which extorted money from people in China.
The deportation order was made after the suspects were arrested last week in raids on three apartments in coastal areas of Preah Sihanouk province.
Lieutenant General Uk Heisela, chief of investigations at the Interior Ministry’s immigration department, said 14 women were among those arrested.
“Mostly the victims were civil servants and doctors, teachers, actors or actresses and there were also famous businessmen,” Lt Gen Heiseila said.
He added the deportation was carried out after Cambodia informed the Chinese government, who sent more than 220 security guards to accompany the suspects back to China on a special flight.
On arrival in China, the internet scammers were due to be separated and sent to different provinces including Henan, Guangxi, Guangdong provinces.
Lt Gen Heiseila said: “Up until now there hasn’t been any Cambodian who has been a victim of VoIP fraud.”
Last week, immigration police arrested 84 Chinese nationals and seven Indonesians in the apartments they used to commit their crimes in Preah Sihanouk province’s Commune 3. They were held at the immigration offices in Phnom Penh before being deported.
In July, Cambodian authorities deported 31 Chinese people, including eight women, who were arrested in Phnom Penh. They were also accused of running VoIP scams.
Since 2011 until October this year 1,133 Chinese nationals, including 222 women, have been deported to China for offences related to cybercrime.