21 Taiwanese among 37 arrested as Philippine police bust con ring

The China Post news staff

Philippine police officers and public security agents recently jointly cracked down on two underground telecom stations in Manila, arresting 37 suspects for allegedly swindling money from victims in Taiwan and mainland China. Those arrested included 21 from Taiwan and 16 from mainland China and Hong Kong, the Central News Agency (CAN) reported yesterday, citing an investigation report released by the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG). The investigation report said that CIDG agents raided residences in Makati and Paranaque in the greater Manila area on May 26, and found illegal telephone switchboard devices.

The agents seized computers, telecom devices and manuals on how to carry out fraud, nabbing a total of 37 suspects, all taken into custody at the detention center of the CIDG. They will be prosecuted on charges of illegally using telecom devices.

The report said that the suspects usually contacted victims through random phone calls or emails, claiming that their bank accounts had been illegally used for money laundering and asking the victims to transfer funds into designated accounts so that their accounts could be investigated.