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Cambodian police net 175 Chinese suspects in phone fraud

Officials in Cambodia say they have arrested 175 Chinese citizens in an internet phone scam after a tipoff from Chinese police.

The Interior Ministry's immigration investigation chief, Gen. Ouk Haiseila, said Friday that the suspects were arrested in the western town of Poipet on the Thai border.

The arrests, made Wednesday, are the latest in a regional crackdown on Chinese gangs that use phone calls made over the internet to extort or trick people into transferring money to them.

There have been similar cases in the past few weeks in Thailand and Indonesia. Most of the targets appear to be fellow Chinese, and suspects are generally deported to China.