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VoIP scammers to be deported next week

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Police screen a previous batch of VoIP scammers being deported from the Kingdom. KT/Chor Sokunthea

More than 230 Chinese nationals caught operating Voice over Internet Protocol scams in Takeo province last week will be deported on December 10, a senior police officer said.

Lieutenant General Uk Heisela, chief of investigations at the General Immigration Department, yesterday said that the Chinese government is sending three planes to take the 235 Chinese nationals back home.

He said Chinese officials wanted to send the planes to pick them up on Thursday, but the General Department of Immigration asked for more time to process necessary documents.

The Chinese nationals living in Bati and Tram Kak districts were arrested over online scams following an investigation by the Counter Terrorism and Cross Border Crime department last week.

General Kirth Chantharith, General Immigration Department director, yesterday confirmed that the 235 Chinese nationals will be deported on December 10.

“We will continue to strengthen the implementation of our laws and will not allow foreigners to commit crimes in Cambodia with impunity,” he said. “We still continue to investigate VoIP crimes in the country.”

“There are 120,000 foreigners doing business and working in Cambodia, including more than 90,000 Chinese nationals,” he added.

According to the department, 14,909 foreigners from 93 different countries have been deported from the Kingdom since 2014, including 1,649 Chinese nationals who committed scams and economic crimes.

Most of the Chinese nationals committed extortion and fraud using VoIP.

A department report also showed that there were 373 Chinese nationals who committed extortion and fraud using VoIP, including 66 Chinese women, from the beginning of this year until October 15.

An estimated 1.5 million Chinese tourists have visited Cambodia so far this year. The number is about 300,000 higher when compared to last year’s 1.2 million.

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