Chinese police bust fake casino scam

Chinese police have arrested 218 suspects for allegedly luring Chinese residents to fake online casinos.

Bernstein, which quotes a Guangdong police website, says the suspects used fake telecom base stations in order to send SMS messages to Chinese residents, luring them to fake online casinos.

The casino websites were reportedly hosted by servers located in Poipet, Cambodia, using well known Macau casinos and featuring live dealers filmed in Cambodia.

Gambling customers were told to deposit cash into designated bank accounts to buy virtual chips, with more than RMB140 million (US$21.5 million) scammed from over one thousand victims across China.

This was the largest crackdown in recent years, according to Guangdong police.