Police in Kampong Speu province on Wednesday arrested 18 Chinese nationals suspected of operating Voice over Internet Protocol scams.
Colonel Sam Sak, provincial penal bureau police chief, said that his officers cooperated with immigration police on Wednesday and raided a warehouse located in Baset district’s Svay Chachib commune that was rented by the suspects.
“Eighteen Chinese nationals were arrested, including some who are Taiwanese, who are suspected of operating internet extortions,” Col Sak said. “When we raided the warehouse, the suspects fled to the mountains and our officers took several hours to find them and arrest them.”
He added that police raided the warehouse at 10am and confiscated 21 phones, five laptops, two printers, 33 desktops and six walkie-talkies.
Brigadier General Nhem Sao, deputy provincial police chief, said that the suspects are currently being questioned at the provincial police.
“Our police officials are questioning them as they are suspected of internet extortion,” Brig Gen Sao said.
Last month, the General Immigration Department deported 68 Chinese nationals who were caught operating Voice over Internet Protocol scams in Preah Sihanouk province.