A. Founding Date: June 2011.
B. Objective: Issued every two months by the 5th Precinct, Chongde Policing Bimonthly reports important news and information within its jurisdiction, such as law and order, traffic, fine deeds performed by supporting organizations, messages about important public security measures and expectations from the Precinct Director, community development, health care, cultural customs, and others. The Bimonthly is distributed by every policeman to his/her fellow officers, private organizations, and the communities to build up consensus and shared feelings, strengthen security forces, and safeguard law and order.
C. Receivers of the Bimonthly include every unit under the jurisdiction of the 5thPrecinct and such offices and individuals as elected representatives, district chiefs, borough chiefs, the neighborhood watch, the vigilante, the civil defense squadron, all their sections, “friends of police” offices, taxi companies, financial institutions, schools, and apartment management committees.
D. The Bimonthly has so far been published for nine issues. To prevent the scams from happening at turn of the year and around the Spring Festival, we at the 5thPrecinct have issued a special edition on the anti-fraud campaign, which reads as follows:
(A) Case examples:
1. An old-fashioned case of fake prosecutors and policemen cheating the seniors:
Our Precinct has received a series of reports of fake prosecutors or policemen cheating the victims into remitting money to them. One of the cases happened in the Siping Police Station. A man said he received a phone call telling him that his documents had been used by someone else to pick up Medicare subsidy. The call was then passed to a fake police officer who checked the personal data of the victim to gain his trust and demanded him to make a written record on the phone and then threatened the victim that he was accused of money laundering. Later, a fake prosecutor called the victim and demanded him to withdraw all his money to compensate the innocent. The victim went to the bank and insisted on withdrawing all his deposit of NT$800,000to pay to the fraud gangsters even though the bank staff had told him that the police or prosecutors should never ask for money from the general public. The victim was shocked to find out he had been cheated only after telling the incident to his own adult children at home.
2. Juvenile gangsters were caught in a fraud case:
An old woman was cheated into surrendering to an unfamiliar person her own post office account book, bank passbook, and ATM cards. All her deposits of NT$360,000 were cashed out right after. She reported her case to the Beitun Police Station, whose policeman immediately checked the video images provided by the financial institutions and seized two juveniles surnamed Chen and Zhang, who admitted to commit the crime but the NT$360,000 placed at the spot designated by the fraud gang was taken away by the other members. The two teenager shave been sent to the juvenile court for investigation and the police have been probing into the other suspects, especially the chief of the fraud gang to curb fraud cases.
3. Interaction between the police and communities can deter criminals:
A woman received a phone call cheating her into paying NT$800,000. Fortunately, she remembered to call 110 and our colleagues from Shueinan Police Station rushed to the scene and succeeded in intercepting her delivery of the cash and preventing her from being cheated.
(B) Fraud prevention tips:
1. Prosecutors or police can never ask for money or threaten to detain you. If they say so, it is a fraud:
If a policeman, prosecutor, judge, court clerk, or anybody calls to tell you that you are accused of money laundering, threaten to freeze your property and bank accounts, ask you to remit money, or threaten to put you into jail. It is a fraud. Don’t believe it.
2. ATM can only transfer money It cannot be used to pay installments or receive refunds:
If you receive a call from anyone claiming that you have made mistakes on some shopping information and demanding you to cancel your month installments on an ATM machine, it is a fraud. ATM can be used only to transfer payment. It can never be used to cancel or set up installments, check your identification, or receive refund.
3. Be cautious of online shopping. Cash on delivery is safer:
It could be a fraud if you conduct online auction or make transactions at a price lower than the market, if the seller refuses to serve in person and does not allow you to inspect the goods, if the seller’s website has an abnormal evaluation rating, if the seller calls frequently to urge you to remit cash, or if the seller suggests transactions in private. Please choose only those highly accredited and certified websites for transactions.
4. Any phone call asking for money is suspicious. Verify it by dialing anti-fraud hotline 165:
Any person asking for money, for any reason can be a fraud. The reasons mentioned may be compensated dating, guess who, an award winning, kidnapping of or an accident on your friends or relatives, or tax rebates, etc. In addition, it is also a scam if you are asked to operate an ATM machine or give out the password for withdrawal card, the bank account number, and your identity documents.
(C) Anti-fraud is one of the priority tasks of our Precinct. We have produced some initial results, but we can never get slack on fraud investigation and prevention. We vow to promote the anti-fraud education to the high-risk groups, request the financial institutions to continue reminding people of fraud prevention, strengthen law and order within our jurisdiction, and protect people and their property.