JAKARTA – Dozens of suspected Chinese online scammers have been arrested in several raids across the Jakarta Metropolitan Area, Indonesian police said on Tuesday.
“The Greater Jakarta Metropolitan police has arrested 66 Chinese people over accusations of communication fraud,” the chief of Police of Jakarta, Iwan Kurniawan, said in a statement.
The Chinese nationals have been accused of running an online scam targeted at citizens of China in which they made phone calls posing as financial advisors, according to the Indonesian news agency Antara.
The suspects were arrested on Monday evening in seven different locations, five of which are in Jakarta, and two in neighboring cities. Police say they had been operating from those locations for four months.
West Jakarta police told state media that the number of arrests could still increase, as similar investigations were ongoing in East Java.
The raids were carried out after the Malaysian police last week arrested 680 Chinese men accused of organizing a similar fraud scheme.
In that case, the Malaysian authorities claimed that the group had been operating in the country for six months and had been targeting victims in China through investment scams using WeChat Pay and Chinese banks for transactions.