MANILA, Philippines – The police arrested 37 Manila-based Chinese nationals involved in fraudulent activities in Parañaque, an official said on Monday.
Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) chief Samuel Pagdilao, Jr. said the Chinese nationals were arrested in separate raids in Barangay Moonwalk and Better Living Subdvision.
Pagdilao said the suspects were involved in scamming foreign nationals based in China.
He said the suspects pretended to be policemen and told their victims over the phone that their bank accounts were being used for money laundering or for funding of terrorist activities.
He said the suspects then asked the victims to transfer their money to an account that they provided.
Pagdilao said the suspects were arrested after Chinese authorities arrived in the country to personally ask for their Philippine counterpart’s assistance.
The search and arrest warrants were issued by Judge Mariano dela Cruz of the Manila Regional Trial Court.
Members of the CIDG - Anti-Transnational and Cyber Crime Division found various communications equipment at the suspects’ hideout.
Pagdilao said the Chinese nationals transferred to the Philippines and other countries after the Chinese government held a crackdown against fraudulent activities in 2010.
The arrested Chinese nationals reportedly began their operations as early as 2007.
Chinese authorities were able to track the location of the suspects based on the Internet Protocol (IP) addresses they used. – report from Dennis Datu, dzMM