In the Philippines black market, the scammer issued a bounty against the Chinese police for $5000
The cost of a human life in Philippines is worth : $500
According to the owner of the Philippines scam group, the price of Chinese police has doubled tenfold to US$5,000.
Chinese police has been investigating a cross border telecommunication scam in Quezon City, Philippines with more than 400 scammers in the building.
In the span of 1 year, the Chinese police have captured and arrested more than 1000 suspects in Philippines alone. Scam companies then issued an assassination order to the Chinese police.
It was revealed that the chinese policemen are not allowed to carry their weapon in a foreign land as such the policeman are constantly wary of the possibility of being killed while on duty. In order to protect the citizens of China, we see the sacrifices of the chinese police put up againist the telecommunications fraud.
↑The scene of one the telecommunications arest in Quezon City, Philippines
Confession from a Chinese police
I am a police officer in Xiaogan, Hubei.close to Wuhan. Police officers eat, sleep, and investigate telecommunications scrime
A series of weird fraud cases started occurring in Xiaogan since March 2019. First, Li from Yingcheng, a county-level city, was defrauded of 1 million yuan by investment and wealth management fraud. Then, other counties and districts also successively appeared in large-scale electronic fraud cases of the same type.
The strange thing is that in the past, such cases were mainly aimed at people with low education and who wanted to get rich quickly. Losses were mostly tens of thousands or tens of thousands of yuan. However, in the several cases that broke out this time, the victims either had a high number of victims. Education level, or a entrepreneur with a certain social status, the loss is mostly hundreds of thousands, and some even exceeded one million yuan.
What's even more outrageous is that according to the victim's statement is that victims were denied entry to the wechat investment and wealth management if they have less than 200,000RMB capital on hand. Targetting at the high-end victims is one of the goals and characteristic of this group of scammers.
Bascially, the scam tactics are almost similar to the "Pig Slaughter Scheme". In a regular scam, victims were invited to the platform to invest however but such scams, victims are invited to a group chat hosted by a mentor who gave tips on investments subsequently squander victim's savings away.
The bureau immediately organized a task force, and after some investigation operations, they discovered the location of their operation. At the same time, the tasks force also discovered that there were many other electronic fraud cases with different tactics and styles which are also related to the location of the den. In other words, there is far more than one fraud group leading to the building that they are investigating.
As cross border fraud cases are a lot harder to crack therefore the bureau reported to the provincial department and the Ministry of Public Security. The Ministry of Public Security quickly approved and agreed to organize police from many places across the country to form a task force, and we were also involved.
Life of policeman in overseas
About a month ago in Manila, right in our office based, you could see a couple of old police officers who were looking at the computers silently. Some were seen chatting on the phone loudly, documents were shattered all around the couch. Strench of cigarettes smells surrounding the entire place, strench of ramen leftovers and the men's socks. The small office space is mixed into an indescribable place hovering in this temporary headquarters, becoming more and more intense as time passed.
The difficulty of transnational case handling is a lot more than anyone could imagined. Don’t look at the fact that we usually call ourselves "superior detectives" at home and have a set of ideas for solving cases; once we go abroad, we are just a group of weak, helpless and pitiful ordinary people without guns. Nor do we have law enforcement powers, and can only collect evidence. On the one hand, it is provided to colleagues in China for judgment and analysis, and on the other hand, evidence is provided to the local police to assist in solving the case.
Having lived in the temporary office space for some time and just as we were frustrated with the progress of the case, two good things came to us that literally lift our spirits up
First, the scammer who defrauded our victim were arrested while returning home to China; Second, The Criminal Investigation Bureau of the Ministry of Public Security received a tipoff to an electronic fraud den in Quezon City, the Philippines, and ordered the Hubei police to take over. The tipoff actually came from within the scammer group-that is to say, there was a "spy" in the scammer group!
After gathering all preparations, we and the whistleblower Xiao Liu took over. We met at the beach because there were fewer people and it was safer. Philippines allows guns to be legally owned, residents generally have guns, but foreigners like us who do not have guns are always extra cautious when going out.
Building that consists 300 scammers of telecommunications scam
Our mole, Xiao Liu decided to betray the scam company he worked for because he was eager to get out to retaliate after being treated in a inhumane way. On the contrary, he was "freed".
A couple of months ago, Liu was in Shanghai looking for a job and was recruited to Philippines for the high pay salary. He was not aware that the job advertised was actually a fraud company.
The "Company" was established in the high-end office building in Quezon City-Global Trade Center Building. There are nearly 400 people in the "company", all of whom are Chinese electronic scammers without exception. The logistics system of the "company" was said to be very complete, covering board, lodging and transportation, so Xiao Liu and other "colleagues" will only need to focus on deceiving just like any other salesperson.
Every morning, Liu and his colleagues were dragged into the office building by a bus and started a busy day of electronic fraud. The sound of the keyboard and the phone calls were extremely loud. Every cheer and laughter accompanied him. The desperate scream of an ordinary victim and even the disintegration of a family.
At night, under the supervision and command of the manager, the exhausted Liu walked through the company in silence, boarded the bus, and returned to the dormitory. There is no freedom, no friends, no future. In the boring life day after day, he has heard many voices: the cry of trying to escape but being caught and beaten, the scolding of being reprimanded and insulting for poor performance, and lying to his family members of safety. There is no difference of being in jail.... But he understands that in order to escape, he must gain the trust of his managers. Once it fails, all kinds of tortures such as water prisons, electric shock batons, and small black houses would be implemented as an punishment for the scammers.
As a result, Xiao Liu pretended to work actively and slowly gained a larger space for activities. According to him, the "company" focus on long term investment.
Upon deceiving the victim into the investment group to attend the class, scammers were taught not to get the victim to pay for the class and/or invest anytime soon. Instead, the Company would spent the next two or three months of brainwashing convincing the victims they the investment will reap good profits.
Since the investment trading platform and virtual currency trading platform are specially customized and developed by the "company" at a high price, their codes are highly similar to the real platform, and they have a "back door" for human intervention. Therefore, the "stock speculator" are somewhat the same only that the fake platform is slower by the legit platform.
Seeing that the new batch of "victims" have been manipulated for several months, Liu, who could not bear to scam the victims as such he reported to the police.
According to Liu, his office is not the only company that does fraud in the building. There are at least 300 other scammers belonging to different scam companies who worked in the same building. Liu revealed that the scam companies shared the same money laundering channels, accommodation arrangements and are protected by both the local authority and the mafia of the area.
In order to get more information from the company, the mole was asked to go into deeper findings.
Inside the fraud building
It was August 2019, according to the research and deployment of the headquarters, my leader and I acted as the domestic leaders of electronic fraud, and went to the Global Trade Center Building to inspect and investigate the syndicate den. Before that, in order not to reveal anything, Liu and us had a long communication, and finally we gradually entered the place.
Unlike China, where guards are usually old grandpa like, the building guards are big, strong and fierce, with live ammunition. These guards also guarded by guard dogs led by the guards. Through connection with the company, we managed to enter into the building to investigate
The decoration is simple, the lights are bright, and hundreds of computers are filled with young people in their twenties. It's like a huge Internet cafe, only that its made for scams.
According to the manager, this is an office space remodeled by the boss for nearly 100 million yuan. It can not only provide accommodation, protection, money laundering and other one-stop services for the gangs, but can even customize and develop corresponding frauds according to the needs of different gangs. The platform and software can truly make fraud gangs move in with bags and worry-free fraud.