Hanoi (VNA)Cambodian authorities have arrested nearly 400 Chinese nationals in August on suspicion of operating a telecoms scam to defraud victims in China, Cambodian police said on August 17.

The move is part of a regional crackdown as China battles telephone and internet scams that have cost billions of USD in losses.

Cambodian police said on August 16 that 225 Chinese nationals, including 25 women, were arrested in Phnom Penh capital. Immigration authorities said another 151 Chinese and three Taiwanese had been arrested on August 2 in Siem Reap and Banteay Meanchey provinces.

Thou Saroeun, deputy director of the anti-terrorism police department, said those arrested were suspected of using internet voice calls for an extortion scheme.

In recent years, Cambodia has deported to China more than 600 Chinese and Taiwanese arrested on suspicion of telecoms scams.-VNA