The 170 Chinese and Taiwanese suspects arrested by the police for internet fraud allegedly pretended to be employees of a fictitious company offering financial services, including the selling of stocks over the Internet.
“The victims of this fraud case are citizens of China and Taiwan who had transferred money. There have been many such cases. This crime can be categorized as a transnational crime," National Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Boy Rafli Amar said on Friday.
The perpetrators' locations were revealed by tracing their IP addresses.
"There are different locations where the arrests took place. They are an international cybercrime syndicate," he added.
Boy said he was yet to receive information on how many people had been scammed and the total damages.
"We have also worked together with the Immigration Office because there are allegations of visa violations. They entered Indonesia using tourist visas," he added.
Boy said all of the suspects would be deported. The police would also coordinate with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Chinese and Taiwanese authorities.
"Overall, the suspects are still young and have only been in Indonesia for approximately one year," he said.