Jakarta. Thirty foreigners have been arrested in North Jakarta for allegedly operating an online scam that targeted credit card users and worried families in China and Taiwan, police said on Tuesday.
The 26 men and four women were detained during a raid on a warehouse in Pantai Indah Kapuk. Police said the group, which consists of Chinese and Taiwanese nationals, used the five-story building as a base to target credit card users in their own countries.
“We interrogated them with the help of a translator and they admitted they committed fraud and their victims are all foreigners,” said Comr. Heru Pranoto, the director of the Jakarta Police’s general crimes unit.
The operation stole credit card data, which was used in “illegal transactions,” and also targeted concerned family members who were told their relatives had been arrested and needed money wired to them in order to be released.
Police believe the group had been operating for two months.
Hambali Haryadinata, the head of North Jakarta immigration office, said the suspects entered Indonesia on a short-stay visa, which is only valid for one month, and extended it for another month once in the country.
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