At around 10:00, April 14th, 2015, the Shihkang Police Station of Dongshih Precinct received a suspicious fraud report from the Shihkang Farmers’ Association. Deputy Chief Hsieh, Sergeant Lai, and Officer Chuang rushed to the scene to find that a 49-year-old woman surnamed Lin wanted to transfer $500,000 NTD from Shihkang Farmers’ Association, whose staff felt something fishy and called the police. After questioning, Ms. Lin explained that her son surnamed Kuo was a guarantor of a friend borrowing money from a financing company. As the friend ran away, the financing company (an underground bank) told Ms. Lin that they had held Kuo hostage until the amount of money be repaid.
The police called Kuo’s school to find him safe in school. Ms. Lin realized that she was almost deceived and told the police that her husband was suffering from a stroke and $ 500,000 NTD was crucial to her family. She thanked the police and the farmers’ association for helping her out.
Dongshih Precinct urged people to watch out for any fraud scam, including old-fashioned tricks. Receiving an unknown and suspicious phone call (local or international), remain calm, verify it, and call the police right away by dialing "110" or "165”, the fraud prevention hotline. The police will help you judge whether it is a fraud and provide timely assistance.