Hundreds held in Asia money scam

2011-06-09 22:43

Phnom Penh - Police around Asia have arrested hundreds of suspects in co-ordinated raids to bust an internet phone-based money scam.

Cambodian police spokesperson Lieutenant General Kiet Chantharith said 166 Chinese and one Vietnamese person were arrested there on Thursday.

Police in Taiwan, Indonesia and Thailand confirmed making arrests but provided few details. Arrests also happened in Malaysia.

Police Major General Panya Mamen of Thailand's Central Investigation Bureau said in Bangkok that gang members in Thailand obtained financial account data they used to trick victims into transferring money, which ended up in Taiwan.