NBI busts online scammers

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Friday, March 28, 2014


CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) here arrested about 175 Taiwanese and Chinese believed to be members of an international online scam syndicate.

NBI regional director Jose Yap said the suspects were arrested during a simultaneous raid, by virtue of a search warrant issued by Cabanatuan Regional Trial Court Judge Angelo Perez, conducted in the high-end subdivisions of Metro Gate, Don Bonifacio, Diamond, Plaridel and Friendship Plaza, all in Angeles City.

Yap added that the suspects were discovered to be without passports and were apprehended in the act of transacting business using the internet. Others, he said, were found in various rooms of houses they rented for as much as P200,000 in various villages during the raid.

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“You can just imagine the magnitude of this illegal industry if they can afford to pay huge rentals,” Yap said in an interview, adding such scams involving foreigners are always busted by the NBI.

The raiding team, according to Yap, also seized a big number of computer sets, laptops, gadgets, phones, credit cards and electronic devices, plus brand new cars, vans and SUVs reportedly being used by the suspects in their transactions.

The suspects will be transferred from the NBI detention facility to the Angeles City District Jail as prosecutors prepare appropriate charges.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on March 29, 2014.

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