Police arrested two Chinese and 35 Taiwanese suspected of running a massive telecom fraud scheme targeting mainland Chinese.
The Philippine National Police (PNP) Anti-Cybercrime Group caught the foreigners while communicating with prospective victims using telephones, laptops and other devices.
Sr. Supt. Gilbert Sosa, ACG chief, said a certain Jerry Chih-Yung Wang informed the police of the activities of the transnational syndicate from Taiwan.
The syndicate victimized Taiwanese and Chinese nationals in mainland China.
Sosa said group would call the would-be victims through an Internet voice system and introduce themselves as “police officers,” “prosecutors,” “judges” and other government officials from financial institutions.
The syndicate would accuse their victims of being involved in money laundering, fraud and other crimes. To avoid arrest, the victims are instructed to deposit money in a bank account controlled by the syndicate.
To avoid detection, the syndicate rent houses in subdivisions in Metro Manila and other parts of the country to carry out their illegal activities.
The suspects were brought to Bureau of Immigration and Deportation (BID) in Manila for processing before they are deported to Taiwan.