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Alipay Against Crypto Crime: 380 Criminal Groups Busted For Using Crypto in Money Laundering

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Fri, 07/23/2021 - 10:26
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Yuri Molchan
Ministry of Industry and Information Technology in China has detained more than 380 criminal groups that had used crypto for money laundering and in telecom frauds
Alipay Against Crypto Crime: 380 Criminal Groups Busted For Using Crypto in Money Laundering
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According to an article shared by Chinese crypto journalist Colin Wu, over 380 criminal groups were recently detained by the police, guided by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology and the National Anti-Fraud Center in Beijing, in particular, this year.

The article states that this massive fraud prevention was sponsored by Alipay, owned by the Alibaba e-commerce giant.

Telecom network fraud becomes fastest growing crime area

According to today's Beijing Business News (July 23), the head of the National Anti-Fraud Center of the Criminal Investigation Bureau of the Ministry of Public Security, and director of the Guidance Office for Combating New Cybercrimes, Zhang Shuo, delivered a speech at the meeting. He shared statistics on the rising number of cybercrimes, money laundering made using cryptocurrencies, telecommunication fraud and more.

He stated that telecom network frauds have become the fastest-spreading type of scam.

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Cryptocurrency money launderers busted

Within the five months from January to May 2021), 114,000 cases of telecom network fraud were cracked down on, with over 14,000 gangs destroyed in various corners of the country.

In May, there was a 14 percent drop in criminal activity with 84,600 telecom network frauds registered around China.

Since the start of the year, the police force has been tackling these cases, shut down over 6,500 fraud dens located in private homes and cracked 881 cases that made over one million RMB.

Over 2,400 suspects were detained by the police. Around 380 gangs focused on tech platforms and crypto money laundering were broken up.

In addition, more than 3.73 million fraudulent SIM cards, and over 560,000 fake bank cards, were confiscated.

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About the author

Yuri is a crypto journalist interested in technology and technical innovations. He has been in crypto since 2017. Believes that blockchain and cryptocurrencies have a potential to transform the world in the future in many of its aspects. ‘Hodls’ major cryptocurrencies and has written for multiple crypto media outlets. 

His articles have been quoted by such crypto influencers as Tyler Winklevoss, John McAfee, CZ Binance, Max Keiser, etc.

Currently Yuri is a news writer at U.Today and can be contacted at yuri.molchan@u.today.