A Chinese man was arrested yesterday morning at a hotel room in Kandal province’s Takhmao town for attempting to install a system to carry out a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) scam.
The suspect was named as Zhu Chule, 31, from China’s Fujian province.
Kandal provincial police chief Eav Chamroeun said the man had attempted to install VoIP equipment in the Tra Ny Ka Hotel in Takhmao commune.
Police were alerted to his activities after the hotel supervisor became suspicious and reported the suspect to police.
When officers checked the room, they found internet routers and other computer equipment, plus Chinese cash. It is believed the equipment would have been used to make internet calls to extort money from people living in China.
Kandal criminal office chief Roeun Nara said the man was being questioned and was not the only one involved.
“We are questioning him at the provincial police office and seeking the arrest of his associates, but we cannot say more because it is still under investigation,” he said.
In recent months, hundreds of Chinese nationals have been arrested for similar scams in Banteay Meanchey province, Sihanoukville and Phnom Penh.