FUZHOU, Nov. 17 (Xinhua) -- Police in east China's Fujian Province have detained 484 suspects for involvement in telecommunications fraud cases as part of a recent crackdown, authorities said Thursday.
Police in Fujian's Anxi County launched the crackdown in late September, after a high-profile telecom scam led to the death of Xu Yuyu, an 18-year-old high school graduate in Linyi City in east China's Shandong Province.
Xu was reported to have lost 9,900 yuan (1,441 U.S. dollars) meant for university tuition fees to telecom fraudsters and, according to reports, died of cardiac arrest on Aug. 19. Of the six suspects involved in the case, three were from Anxi County.
Authorities with Anxi's Public Security Bureau said that they have received more than 160 tips since they "waged a people's war" on telecom fraud, which led to the arrest of more than 130 suspected scammers.
Police in Anxi also launched cross-province clampdowns. Police forces were sent to more than 80 cities and counties nationwide, and more than 300 suspected scammers were caught.