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Saturday, January 12, 2019, 14:26
191 telecom fraud suspects repatriated to China from Laos
By Xinhua
Saturday, January 12, 2019, 14:26 By Xinhua

Suspects linked to telecom frauds are brought back to China from Laos at Xinzheng International Airport in Zhengzhou, capital of central China's Henan province, Jan 11, 2019. (FENG DAPENG / XINHUA)

BEIJING – Total 191 telecom and internet fraud suspects were brought back from Laos to central China's Henan province Friday, according to authorities.

The victims were conned into believing they could earn money by faking orders to help merchants increase online sales, officials said

The suspects were brought back by two chartered airplanes under escort of Chinese police officers.

They were linked to more than 800 fraud cases in various provinces and regions of China that involved more than 60 million yuan (US$8.9 million), according to China’s Ministry of Public Security.

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Henan province has reported a slew of telecom fraud cases since last year. According to the police, the victims were conned into believing they could earn money by faking orders to help merchants increase online sales, only to find out that they could not make any money or get their own money back. 

Each of the victims was allegedly defrauded out of between 5,000 and 30,000 yuan (US$741 to US$4,447).

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The police escort telecom fraud suspects to disembark from a plane at Xinzheng International Airport in Zhengzhou, capital of central China's Henan province, Jan 11, 2019. (FENG DAPENG / XINHUA)

Thanks to cooperation between Chinese and Lao police, the fraudsters' hideouts were located in Laos and raided, resulting in the arrest of 191 suspects from 11 fraud groups.

In December 2012, the ministry started a year-long campaign against telecom and internet fraud.

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