Ten South Korean Nationals Arrested for VoIP Fraud

Ten South Korean nationals were arrested in Phnom Penh’s Tuol Kok district on Wednesday for allegedly defrauding foreigners through Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), police said.

Police arrested five South Korean men and five South Korean women in a villa in Boeng Kak II commune, where they also confiscated 21 landline phones and several mobile phones and computers, said Lieutenant General Y Sokhy, chief of the intelligence department at the Interior Ministry.

“We have spent over one month investigating these [South] Korean suspects,” Mr. Sokhy said, but would not elaborate on who the victims were or specifically what type of scam the suspects were running.

Mr. Sokhy said Thursday that police are still questioning the suspects at the Interior Ministry to find any accomplices they may have been working with.

In previous cases, he said, VoIP scammers had been deported after their arrest.

“This is not the first time our intelligence police have arrested foreigners using VoIP to scam victims,” he said, adding that all 10 would be sent to Phnom Penh Municipal Court after questioning.

The South Korean Embassy did not respond to requests for comment.

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