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MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Police of China’s southwestern city of Kunming in Yunnan province arrested 36 people suspected of a large-scale internet fraud, the Xinhua News Agency Saturday.

Seven of them have been released on bail, according to Xinhua. The suspects used WeChat and QQ messengers to contact people willing to get a loan and collected transaction fees under the names of bank employees, the media said.

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Over 1,600 people fell victims to the fraud, the media specified, adding that the suspects managed to extort a total of over 5 million yuan (over $727,000).



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