Indonesia detains 153 over $450-million scam targeting Chinese

Indonesia detains 153 over $  450-million scam targeting ChineseIndonesian police on Monday said they had detained more than 150 Chinese nationals accused of carrying out a sophisticated scam that netted around $ 450 million by tricking their compatriots into paying to make legal cases go away. “This is an international syndicate of online fraud,” Jakarta police spokesman Argo Yuwono told a news conference. “The information first came from China’s police department, so this is a joint investigation.” Police said the suspects, 148 of whom were Chinese nationals and the rest Indonesian, had been detained during weekend raids in the capital Jakarta, the city of Surabaya and the islands of Batam and Bali.

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