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China reports 35 Japanese detained on telecom fraud charges

AP  |  Beijing 

says it has detained 35 Japanese citizens on suspicion of telecoms

The June 30 detentions appeared to mark the largest roundup of Japanese citizens engaged in suspected illegal activity in in years.

Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said today that the Japanese had been informed of the detentions, but gave no details.

has been cracking down on telecoms scams targeting Chinese victims, many of them run from outside the country. Scammers send false notifications or other messages demanding that recipients transfer money to separate accounts to avoid penalties or win rewards.

Japan's Kyodo agency said the scammers phoned victims in It said the 35 were detained in the southeastern province of Fujian earlier this month and Japanese authorities alerted on July 3.

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First Published: Wed, July 12 2017. 15:42 IST