China cracks down on nationals in telco fraud

February 23, 2020

THE Ministry of Public Security of China has obtained a list of Chinese nationals suspected of committing long-term telecommunication fraud crimes abroad in an effort to crackdown on cross-border telecommunications fraud, the Chinese Embassy in Manila said yesterday.

They are classified as the persons prohibited from exiting China according to the Exit-Entry Administration Law of the People’s Republic of China.

“Such operations are aimed at the suspects of Chinese nationals who have committed telecommunications fraud crimes in different countries,” a statement issued by the Chinese Embassy said.

The Chinese Government always requires Chinese citizens overseas to abide by local laws and regulations and not to work illegally in foreign countries, it said.

The Chinese Embassy in the Philippines has repeatedly issued consular reminders and has been keeping close communications with the Philippine government in this regard.  

The Embassy further said: “Relevant departments of both countries also conducted a series of law enforcement cooperation. The Chinese side would like to continue to work closely with the Philippines to combat such crimes as telecommuniations fraud, illegal online-gambling, money-laundering, illegal employment, kidnapping, extortion, torture, murder etc so as to effectively protect the legitimate rights and interests of nationals of the two countries, and to promote the China-Philippines friendship and cooperation.”

It was earlier reported that China cancelled the passports of its nationals who are working for Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators.