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Taiwan's Hsinchu Police department releases anti-fraud face masks

Limited-edition masks feature catchy slogans educating public on how to deal with scams

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Hsinchu City Police Department releases limited-edition "anti-fraud" face masks. (Facebook, Hsinchu City Police Department photo)

Hsinchu City Police Department releases limited-edition "anti-fraud" face masks. (Facebook, Hsinchu City Police Department photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Hsinchu City Police Department has launched limited-edition "anti-fraud" masks designed with catchy decorations and slogans to teach people how to handle scams.

Due to the frequent occurrence of fraud during the COVID-19 pandemic, the police department has taken a more youthful approach to educating the public on how to interact with fraudulent groups, ahead of the Lunar New Year, according to a Hsinchu City Police Department press release. The eye-catching masks allow people to follow pandemic prevention measures and combat scams simultaneously.

One mask design is printed with “Asking a question costs NT$3000 but anti-fraud consultation is free,” referring to relatives asking personal questions during the Lunar New Year and doling out red envelopes. Another design features “I have no money. It is useless to try to trick me.”

The department has announced the 100 winners of the special masks.

Hsinchu City Police Chief Kuo Shih-chieh (郭士傑) said that the designs are meant to be memorable so when people encounter fraud groups, they can recall the anti-fraud messages on the masks.

Concerned citizens can reach the anti-fraud hotline by calling 165.