According to reports from local news outlets, a Chinese gang of 18 suspects was recently detained by the police authorities of Istanbul on account of kidnapping and operating a crypto scam scheme.
The gang which held its operations in Silivri in the Province of Istanbul, Turkey, attracted 101 people including two Turkmens, 95 Chinese nationals, and four Kazakhs with a promise of legitimate work in Istanbul. Nonetheless, upon arrival with their tourist visas, their passports were seized and they were forced to work alongside the suspects in the perpetration of the scheme.
The gang allegedly masqueraded as a ‘crypto money consultancy’ online, advertising their platform in China in the bid to defraud unsuspecting investors of their cash with a money-doubling promise—all this they did while housed in nine rented villas in Silivri. Each villa was within a building complex sealed from the outside, and the crew of 101 kidnapped workers was disallowed from stepping out of the buildings.
In as much as the workers were held against their will, it was revealed that they were paid CNY7,000 per month.
The police authorities were informed of the illegal operation when two of the Chinese workers – Hongwu Z. and Kang W. – sneaked out of the building at night to alert them.
Thirty teams of 100 police officers from the Public Security Branch Extortion Bureau Teams were dispatched on a raid immediately upon the notification, busting the crew of 101 laborers and the gang leaders. 6 of the gang leaders were further detained by the judicial authorities while the …
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