Immigration officials yesterday deported dozens of Chinese nationals suspected of running voice phishing scams in Preah Sihanouk province.
They were picked up by Chinese police who flew in via a special aircraft at the Sihanoukville International Airport.
General Keo Vanthan, spokesman for the General Immigration Department, said there were 68 of them and they were arrested after they were suspected of operating a Voice-over-Internet-Protocol scams.
“In total, there were 68 Chinese nationals that were deported to China for operating VoIP scams, yesterday we deported another five,” Gen Vanthan said.
He noted that the General Commissariat of the National Police cooperated with Sihanoukville police to raid an apartment last week, where the suspects were allegedly conducting the scam.
“We had received information from Chinese police and the Chinese embassy that a group of Chinese nationals were committing offences in the province,” Gen Vanthan said. “Any foreigner who commit a crime in Cambodia will have the law enforced upon them.”
Major General Chuon Narin, chief of provincial police, said his forces worked with the National Police to detail information.
Chinese embassy officials could not be reached for comment yesterday.
According to the GID, 14,909 foreigners from 93 countries have been deported from the Kingdom since 2014. Among them, 1,649 Chinese nationals have been deported for allegedly committing economic crimes.
According to a National Police report published last month, Chinese nationals were the top perpetrators of crime and victims of crime amongst foreigners in the Kingdom during the first quarter of this year.