- Alert to Telecom Fraud through Money Transfer
By Ji Jiajun
On the arrival of 110 Awareness Day, Public Security Bureau Hongkou Branch launches “touring activity” in police station. Citizens from several administrative areas are invited to visit Shanghai Telecommunications and Online Fraud Squad located in Number 803 , No. 1 North Zhongshan Road.
Police show citizens how they receive emergency call and deal with it. There is a large screen in the working hall, presenting in real time the telecommunication fraud alarm information, which is under technical analysis for reporter’s case type and suspect’s phone number. A police officer tells citizens that if the phone calls were abnormal, for example, due to a long duration, information would be highlighted in red on the screen, arousing his attention.
Police also introduce the trend of telecom fraud in recent years, the “stock-in-trade” some crooks commonly use, along with police’s solutions. To fight against high incidence of such cases, relevant departments have developed the "trinity" linkage mechanism composing reporters, 110 police officers and staff of Shanghai Telecommunications and Online Fraud Squad. As soon as the call comes in, police nearby will be arranged to reporter’s location in no time. With the phone hanging on, police can transfer it to the Squad, and notify the bank immediately to temporarily freeze the account of potential victim. For the police, they race against a phone call’s time to safeguard citizens’ property. In July last year, police of Jiaxing Road Police Station managed to save people’s property of RMB700,000 by cycling 6 km, which is the real effect of the linkage mechanism.
With the development of communication technology, telecom fraud takes place frequently in recent years. Hongkou police remind citizens that no matter how criminals change their methods, their purpose of stealing money from bank card remains unchanged. As thus, when it involves money transfer, stay calm and alert. At the same time, do not relax vigilance with the idea that only the elderly can get cheated, as white-collar workers and college students are also the target of criminals.