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Taipei City Police Commissioner Spearheads Police-Public Cooperation against Fraud


   
    In order to fulfill its determination to fight fraud, the TCPD has extended its anti-fraud efforts to convenience stores around the city. On March 20, at 14:00, Commissioner Chen Jia-Chang led Chief Liu, Hong-Lie of the Xinyi Precinct and Commander Yeh, Chao-Hung of the Criminal Investigation Division along with their teams of police officers to attend the executive meeting at the operational department of the convenience store headquarters to personally promote the anti-fraud campaign.

   This promotion activity focused on the establishment of a Standard Operative Procedure (SOP) for a reporting mechanism activated when the first line employees of convenience stores suspected that a fraud case was going on during their interaction with their customers. Today, numerous fraudulent ways have been churned out all the time and, for the purpose of avoiding being detected by the police, members of fraud rings tend to seduce people to convenience store to conduct card-free deposits, to buy in-game currency and ibon serial numbers, causing many people to lose a lot of money. If convenience store employees can step in at the right moment and report suspicious activities to the police, they will be able to take the credit for successfully stopping fraud.

    At the meeting, Commissioner Chen said that cash mules had withdrawn money 597 times from the ATMs at 316 convenience stores around the city from December 2017 to February 2018. Most of these stores were located at highly populated areas with a close access to train or MRT stations. Also, in 2017, this city successfully foiled 220 fraud cases, in which 11 cases were prevented with the help of convenience store employees, intercepting over 640,000 NT dollars. It was obvious that to use convenience stores to fulfill the anti-fraud cooperation between the police and the public had become a top issue.

    This time, the promotion targeted the executives of convenience store chains in Taipei City. About 200 executives attended the meeting where stories of successful prevention of fraud were shared and there were enthusiastic interactions and discussions between attendees and police officers. It is hoped that the executives of convenience store chains will realize the importance of cooperation between the police and the public and convey correct anti-fraud ideas to each convenience store employee. Finally, Commissioner Chen perfectly concluded this promotion by sharing the police’s vision that people in Taipei City can enjoy “good public safety, smooth and safe traffic, and warm service.”