Police detail arrest of 50 suspects in cross-border charity scam

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Taipei, July 27 (CNA) A cross-border fraud ring that defrauded people in Taiwan who donated to charities out of NT$34.09 million (US$1.138 million) has been busted and 50 suspects arrested, the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) said at a press conference Wednesday.

The system of a software company that managed the fundraising database for various charities in Taiwan was hacked, Yang Shih-yu (楊適瑜), deputy commander of the CIB’s 1st Investigation Corps, said.

That data breach provided the fraud ring with information on the victims, including their phone number and the amount of money they regularly donated to the charities, he added.

The Down Syndrome Association Taiwan and Dijiama Social Welfare Foundation, affiliated with the famous Taichung Dajia Jenn Lann Mazu Temple, were among the charities whose names were used by the scammers, Yang said.

The criminal ring, which called its victims from China, tricked them into believing…

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