According to the statistics of fraud cases in 2015 by Central Investigation Bureau, most victims were fooled by the following types of fraud: discontinuing instalment setting through ATM, fraudulent online shopping and fraudulent identities. These three types of fraud resulted in a loss of NTD 669,795,890 last year. Another statistics showed that the top 10 high-risk online shopping websites were Ruten, 86 Shop, SHOPPING99, Yahoo! Auctions, HITO BP, S3 Beauty, Kingstone online bookstore, EF shop, Yahoo Mall and Rakuten. Consumers should be more cautious when shopping online to prevent personal information leakage. On the other hand, online sellers should also strengthen their protective measures to protect customers’ rights.
“Discontinuing instalment setting through ATM” is a common type of fraud. Usually, the suspects would fake reasons such as mistake by staff or wrong reservation resulting in charges for 12 times and ask victims to discontinue the instalment setting through ATM. Hereby, we would like to remind people that there is no such function to discontinue instalment at ATMs. Even if instalment payment were set up by mistake, your accounts would not be charged. Therefore, if you receive such phone calls, please contact your banks for verification.
“Fraudulent online shopping” was the second frequently used method of fraud. In many cases, victims bought products online through wire transfer when they see a price far lower than that of actual stores, as it was cheaper and more convenient. However, buyers often do not receive their products afterwards so they lose the money and there is no way to get what they have bought.
“Fraudulent identities” were also encountered by many people. There are many ways for the suspects to fake their identities, such as pretending to be the victims’ relatives, guess who, and faking date requests. The suspects often hacked into the victims’ relatives or friends’ LINE, What’s APP or WeChat, told the victims that they urgently needed money and asked the victims to send them money immediately. Some manipulated their telephone numbers and called the victims. Asked “Guess who I am?” by the suspects, most victims would answer a relative or friend’s name. Then, the suspects would go along with the answer and chat with the victims. A few days after the first call, they would call again to ask the victim to wire money. No matter what reasons used, the suspects’ purpose is to get money. So, when you get an inquiry about borrowing money from your relatives or friends, double check their identity before offering help.
Third Precinct, Taichung City Police Department warns people to be more cautious and choose safe websites or sellers when shopping online. There are cases to learn on the website of Criminal Police Office, 165 Anti-fraud Facebook Page and LINE account. Do not hesitate to call anti-fraud line 165 when receiving suspicious calls or being asked to “discontinue ATM setting” all the time.