>> 100 of Chinese scam suspects busted far from home. Police in Cambodia say, this 11-story building in downtown Phnom Penh hosted a massive call center scam targeting victims in mainland China, right up until a sting last week. In recent years operations like these have duped people out of billions of dollars around Asia, working anywhere with relaxed visa rules and good Internet access.
Reuters Amy Lafarge spoke to police and suspects on the scene.>> Behind me is the apartment building where authorities in Cambodia here in the capital Phnom Penh said they arrested 225 Chinese nationals suspected of operating a telecoms and Internet scam. This isn't the first arrest in Cambodia. In fact, the country has arrested since 2011 around 800 Chinese and Taiwanese nationals and has deported them back to mainland China.
And what we're hearing now is these nationals detained in the building behind us will eventually also be deported to Mainland China.>> Experts say scammer gangs often pose as officials, trick people into revealing bank details and act as criminal nomads, moving every few weeks to new places with easy Visas.
>> Cambodia has become a hub of a regional hub of telecoms and Internet scams in recent years. But it isn't the only place where this is taking place. Many other countries are also being used as centers for these gangs to operate.>> Cambodia official say Chinese law enforcement tip them off in recent years named police are reach out more and more to local authorities to cracked down on scammers.
In July, more than 150 people were detained in Indonesia, over a fraud ring, police say had banked around $450 million.