Taiwan Lost NT$3B to Scammers in First Half of 2022 國人上半年被詐金額逾30億 估全年破60億

According to Criminal Investigation Bureau statistics, victims in Taiwan lost over NT$3 billion to scammers in over 10,000 cases in the first half of this year. Total losses are expected to surpass NT$6 billion for the year.


Police Officer: “You want to invest? Believe us. You can trust us.”


Bank personnel called the police to stop this woman from transferring almost NT$450,000 to an unknown party for an "investment."

Chen Hsin, Deputy Chief, Gangqian Police Station: “After an officer explained to Ms. Peng that she was being scammed, Ms. Peng finally understood that she was being scammed. ”

A 70-something Taipei woman joined a "free investment" group on a social media app and became acquainted with a self-proclaimed "investment consultant," who urged her to invest in cryptocurrency. When the woman went to the bank to transfer money, a bank employee called in the police to stop her. According to the Criminal Investigation Bureau, domestic scams have spiraled out of control in the last five years. In the first half of this year alone, victims in Taiwan lost over NT$3 billion to scams. For the year, the figure is expected to surpass NT$6 billion. Experts say it is next to impossible for victims to get their money back.

Shih Chih-hung, Assoc. Prof., Dept. of Criminal Investigation, Central Police University: “There are innumerable ways to launder money, including cryptocurrency and NFTs, gambling websites, third-party payment services, and underground currency exchange. Money can be laundered in the blink of an eye, and many of the transactions are untraceable.”

Experts say unlike ATM scams of the past, avenues like cryptocurrency and NFTs provide a way to launder money due to their unregulated and decentralized nature. Money laundered through underground currency exchange is equally difficult to trace, much less recover.

 

 

 

「妳要投資?相信我們,不會害妳。」就怕女子受騙,行員找來員警勸阻,因為她要匯款近45萬給對方,說是為了投資。

台北市內湖分局港墘派出所副所長陳薪說明:「經員警向彭民解釋假投資真詐騙手法後,彭民才驚覺險遭人詐騙。」

台北市70多歲女子因為使用交友軟體加到免費投資群組,認識一名自稱投資顧問的老師,推坑她投資加密貨幣,還好行員機靈,通報警方成功阻詐。不過刑事局統計,國內詐騙案件和財損金額近5年越來越多,光是今年上半年,國人已經被騙走超過30億元,若以這趨勢發展,今年遭詐金額很可能突破60億大關,一旦錢落入詐騙集團口袋,要追回來可就沒這麼容易。

中央警察大學刑事警察學系副教授施志鴻指出:「洗錢的管道事實上是變得比較多,那尤其像加密貨幣、NFT,或者可能透過賭博網站,還有我們第三方支付這種方式,(還有)地下匯兌,所以他在很快的方式就可以洗出去,而且不容易被追查。」

跟過往操作ATM行騙不同,詐騙搬到虛擬世界,學者分析,透過加密貨幣、NFT作為洗錢工具,就是看準缺少監管、去中心化等特性,讓損失金額更難追回,還有以地下匯兌轉手贓款,也增加查緝難度。

 

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