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NBI arrests 52 Taiwanese, Chinese for online fraud

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has arrested 52 Chinese and Taiwanese nationals suspected to be involved in an online financial fraud.

According to Daniel Daganzo, head agent of the NBI Foreign Liaison Division, the foreigners were arrested in a Pampanga hotel on Wednesday, Oct. 23, by virtue of a search warrant issued by Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 24 Judge Lylihia Abella-Aquino.

The NBI took the action after receiving a request from the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office to investigate the group of foreigners who had checked in at Hotel Stotsenberg in Clark Econonic Zone.

Recovered from the 52 suspects were various credit cards, routers, laptops, telephones, Internet broadband sticks, signal decoders, and different documents used in their modus operandi.

The suspects were charged with for violation of Republic Act 8484 or the Access Device Regulation Act.

The suspects pretended as policemen to other foreigners whom they called on the phone and informed them they are involved in a case.

To illegally earn money, the group convinced their victims to settle their case and, in the process, the suspects will ask information from their victims about their bank accounts and credit accounts. — Perfecto Raymundo, PNA

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