‘Suddenly there’s an expensive car’: How scammers targeting Singapore were caught in Taiwan

As officers dealt with the suspect, his wife fiddled with a phone. They snatched it from her and discovered that she had reset it. This caused panic everywhere.

“Everyone was scared to death. If we didn’t have the phone, we had nothing,” Yao said. “A level 3 caller like him…will definitely (not confess).”

Investigators spotted a backpack at her feet and found two phones inside that had not been reset – the woman had run out of time, Yao believed – and which were taken back to the Criminal Investigation Bureau for further investigation. a forensic analysis.

The defendant’s court case is ongoing and although his Maserati has been seized, it cannot be sold until he is found guilty.

Knocking on doors, making it harder for scammers

Another arrest followed in December, after a 10-month investigation into the union.

Police pounced on the suspect – a “fairly young” man who looked “very civilized”, Su described – as he walked out of his home in Taichung, a town just south of Miaoli.

The man denied everything, which meant the police had to produce evidence within 24 hours or release him.

So when officers saw a message pop up on his phone screen, from a sender in Singapore saying “I’ve arrived home,” they called Jay Li Chien-Chih, a Taiwanese liaison officer in Singapore. who, in turn, alerted the local police. .

The sender name, however, provided “very little” to work with, Toh said. This person had not made a police report for fraud, so Singapore police had to check other “data points”, Toh said without further disclosure.

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