Shanghai authorities have detained 57 people from Taiwan over their alleged links to a syndicate that has cheated NT$10 million (HK$2.3 million) out of people living on the island. The People's Daily said in a report on its website that the suspects were netted in various areas of Shanghai after tip-offs from local residents. The syndicate reportedly posted advertisements offering high-paying jobs in Shanghai in Taiwanese newspapers. Respondents were brought to Shanghai and instructed to telephone residents of the island saying they had won a prize and had to provide their personal details. However, the victims were told they had to transfer a pre-payment or pay an entry fees before they could claim their prize. After they had deposited the money, the victims lost touch with the syndicate. The People's Daily said the syndicate was highly sophisticated and noted that the victims were not even aware they had been cheated. Officials from the Shanghai Public Security Bureau were urging victims of the scam to contact them, the report said. The report did not give any details about the detained suspects.