Two arrested over online romance con: Taichung police

TAIPEI, Taiwan - Taichung police recently arrested two men in connection with an online romance scam that targeted young women who fell in love with the alleged perpetrators, the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) announced.

The two suspects, surnamed Wu and Sung, were arrested by Taichung police during separate raids on Oct. 19 on charges related to an online romance con that has scammed dozens of victims out of hundreds of thousands in New Taiwan dollars, the CIB said in a statement.

According to the CIB, the two suspects, both with criminal records, used fake names to contact women via dating websites, claiming that they were wealthy Taiwanese-Americans as a way of impressing their potential victims.

Specifically targeting young women who work as insurance brokers or nurses, Wu allegedly claimed that he worked for Taichung Mass Rapid Transit and pretended to be interested in the victims by taking them on expensive dates.

Meanwhile, Sung claimed to be Wu's brother and the two suspects have targeting victims across the country, scamming women out of tens of thousands in New Taiwan dollars under the pretense of romantic relationships, the CIB said.

Among the victims were two women in their early 20s who were robbed by Wu and Sung during a double date before the suspects left the two victims in a mountainous area of Taichung and fled, it noted.

The CIB is warning women not to fall for scams in which men attempt to trick them out of their money through romantic advances.

Those who have been victimized by Wu and Sung are urged to call (04) 2295-3852 or (04) 2242-7889, to report the details to the CIB's office in Taichung.