Chinese-Indonesian Police Bust Naked Chat Extortion Ring

Chinese and Indonesian police have joined forces to combat cross-border telecommunications network fraud, resulting in the arrest of 88 suspects involved in naked chat extortion. The collaborative effort, which marks a significant victory in the fight against these illicit activities, demonstrates a commitment to cracking down on new types of illegal crimes in telecommunications networks.

Cross-Border Crackdown

The crackdown began with thorough research and analysis of several naked chat extortion cases conducted by public security organs in Beijing, Shandong, and other regions under the guidance of the Ministry of Public Security. Following meticulous investigations, a special case team traced the fraud dens to Indonesia and identified a number of criminal suspects. Acting swiftly, on August 8, the Ministry of Public Security dispatched a working group comprised of police officers from various public security agencies in China to Indonesia.

With the support and coordination of the Chinese embassy in Indonesia, the police team collaborated closely with Indonesian authorities to dismantle a significant telecommunications network fraud operation based in Batam, Indonesia. During a series of operations, they arrested eight telecom network fraud suspects and seized critical evidence, including more than 29 computers, over 88 mobile phones, numerous bank cards, and crime-related tools.

Preliminary investigations have revealed that this criminal gang was responsible for over 80 cases of naked chat extortion across multiple locations in China. The cases are currently under further investigation, with the Indonesian police agreeing to hand over the suspects to Chinese authorities. The Ministry of Public Security is set to organize the repatriation of these suspects to China in the near future.

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Extortion in Cyberspace

In recent years, naked chat extortion has emerged as a particularly damaging form of telecommunications network fraud. Fraudsters lure victims by posting explicit content on dating platforms, live broadcast platforms, and online forums. They manipulate victims into downloading Trojan apps, steal personal information, and then engage in explicit chats, secretly recording compromising content. The criminals then use this material to extort money from their victims, who often pay to protect their reputation and avoid exposure.

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The Ministry of Public Security has reaffirmed its commitment to combating cross-border telecommunications network fraud. They pledge to maintain the pressure on these criminal activities, enhance international police law enforcement cooperation, and launch aggressive campaigns against overseas telecommunications network fraud groups. Their goal is to significantly reduce the incidence of these crimes, ensuring the safety and security of individuals’ lives and property.