BATAM: Dozens of Chinese nationals were arrested in Indonesia on suspicion of running an online love scam syndicate that ensnared hundreds of victims in China, police said on Wednesday (Aug 30).
Acting on a tip-off from their Chinese counterparts, Indonesian police arrested 83 men and five women at an industrial park in Batam city in Riau Islands province on Tuesday.
Police said the syndicate blackmailed hundreds of victims in China, many of whom were public officials.
“We are investigating if there are any Indonesians among the victims. If there are none, the scammers will be deported immediately,” Riau Islands police spokesman Zahwani Pandra Arsyad told AFP on Wednesday.
The alleged scammers pretended to have romantic feelings for their victims during video calls.
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