Bali Police made one sizable bust on Tuesday, arresting 103 alleged Chinese fraudsters at a house in Mengwi.
The suspects, accused of cyber fraud, are now being examined at Bali Police headquarters over their involvement in buying data on the black market, police say.
“They got their victims data by buying it on the black market,” Bali Police spokesman Anom Wibowo told Detik on Tuesday.
According to Wibowo, the perpetrators would cheat their victims by impersonating officers from various government agencies.
They knew how to change their phone numbers to resemble the numbers of different agencies in their home country, Wibowo said.
While this work is similar to that of other groups busted in other Bali raids, Wibowo says this is a new case.
“There is no connection with previous networks. This is separate,” Wibowo said.
This bust was even bigger than one in January, where police secured over 50 Chinese and Taiwanese nationals in Denpasar, Nusa Dua, and Pecatu, says Wibowo.