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Hanoi (VNA) – Cambodia has arrested 27 Chinese, including 12 from Taiwan, over suspicion of operating a telecoms extortion to defraud victims in China, Cambodian official said on June 14.

The Chinese nationals were captured in a raid at a villa in Phnom Penh on June 13.

According to Reuters, Chinese and Cambodian authorities have coordinated to uncover scams orchestrated from Cambodia.

Cambodian police said that people in Cambodia would call up people in China asking for money to free relatives allegedly held captive or for other fictitious reasons.

These arrested people are being questioned and if they are found guilty of the crimes, they will be deported.

Since November, 2015, Cambodia has deported more than 200 Chinese nationals in a crackdown on internet and telecoms scams.

Telecoms fraud has cost billions of dollars in financial losses to Chinese people and driven some victims to suicide.-VNA