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25 foreign suspects in telecom fraud nabbed in Philippines

2018/10/24 13:24:33

Manila, Oct. 24 (CNA) Acting on a tip provided by the Chinese police, officers with the Philippine National Police Anti-Cybercrime Group (PNP-ACG) cracked down on a telecom fraud ring in the northern Philippines and arrested 25 foreign nationals early Wednesday morning.

The arrested foreign nationals, who are believed to be from Taiwan and China, are suspected of posing as judges, prosecutors, and bank staffers to trick an average 100 victims a day in China into transferring money to designated accounts.

According to PNP-ACG spokesman Artemio Cinco, the fraud ring may be part of a larger international criminal syndicate, whose members "rotate" across different countries to commit crimes.

Authorities who conducted the raid of the site where the suspects operated in Dingras, 490 kilometers north of Manila, found computers and communication equipment there, including improvised soundproof cubicles.

The suspects are likely to be deported to China to face trial there as most of the victims and evidence of the crime are in China, Cinco said.

The latest raid follows a massive crackdown by the Philippine anti-cybercrime unit on telecom fraud in Metro Manila and Ilocos Sur in Luzon in January, when it arrested a total of 151 foreign suspects, 78 of them being Taiwanese.

(By Emerson Lim and Chi Jo-yao)
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