Operation First Light

Involving 23 countries, Operation First Light 2015 targeted multi-million dollar phone and email scams across the Asia Pacific region. In a series of raids, more than 500 people were arrested and 15 call centres were shut down.

The first phase of Operation First Light in 2014 resulted in the arrest in Thailand of more than 20 individuals and the identification of several syndicate heads who had been generating tens of millions of dollars in illicit profits. Chinese police indicated a reduction of 40 per cent in telecom fraud as a result of the operation.

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Operation Aces

This INTERPOL-coordinated operation targeting illegal online gambling and financial fraud in Asia led to the arrest of some 48 individuals and the seizure of computers and other electronic evidence.

In addition to illegal gambling offices handling more than USD 10 million, police shut down two call centre-type operations running online scams to trick victims into disclosing their bank account information.

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