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Cover Story: China’s War on Rampant Telecom Scams

By Qin Jianhang and Denise Jia
2022年09月14日 18:51
A new law gives authorities powerful new weapons to help prevent millions of people from losing billions of dollars to cellphone and internet fraud

Never before have so many entrusted so much to complete strangers, transferring life savings to people who turn out to be cellphone or computer scammers.

The numbers are astonishing. In just 15 months through July 2022, China solved 594,000 cases of telecom and internet fraud, according to the Ministry of Public Security. In 2021, authorities stopped 1.5 million people from transferring 329.1 billion yuan ($47.5 billion) to scammers, authorities said.

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