35 Japanese held in China over scams

Jiji Press BEIJING (Jiji Press) — Chinese authorities took 35 Japanese nationals into custody in Fujian Province this month, for alleged involvement in “furikome” money transfer scams in Japan, sources familiar with bilateral relations said Wednesday.

The Japanese government was informed of their detention on July 3, according to the sources.

Japanese and Chinese investigators have been collaborating in the search for the 35 individuals, who are suspected of making phone calls from China to Japan for the fraud scheme, the sources said.

Furikome scams are aimed at tricking people into transferring large sums of money to unknown bank accounts.Speech

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