Police arrested 37 foreigners suspected of running an online fraud racket syndicate in Parañaque City in Metro Manila.
Nabbed by a team from the Philippine National Police Anti-Cyber Crime Group (ACG) were 35 Taiwanese and two Chinese said to belong to the transnational ring.
Computers and telephones being used by the group were confiscated during the raid.
The police report did not say when the raid was carried out or exactly where in Parañaque the syndicate’s base was.
The ACG chief, Sr. Supt. Gilbert Sosa, said his group received a tip from a Jerry Chih-Yung Wang about the existence of the syndicate that targets Taiwanese and mainland Chinese.
Sosa said the group used a VOIP (voice over Internet protocol) phone system to contact would-be victims in mainland China.
The syndicate member would introduce himself as a police officer, judge, prosecutor or other government official, and informed the would-be victim that he or she is being investigated for money laundering, fraud or some other crime.
To avoid prosecution, the would-be victim would be asked to deposit cash in a bank account designated by the syndicate, Sosa said.
To avoid detection, the group, according to him, usually sets up shop at a rented house in a subdivision in Metro Manila or some other parts of the country.
Sosa said the suspects, who will be charged with violation of the Access Devices Regulation Act of 1998 (Republic Act 8484), were turned over to the Bureau of Immigration and Deportation.