ANGELES CITY -- The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) arrested 176 Taiwanese on Wednesday night for allegedly manufacturing fake credit cards.
Authorities raided 5 houses inside a subdivision in Angeles City, Pampanga, where the group allegedly operates.
Initial reports allege that the group operated like a call center, wherein they call customers to offer credit cards.
They would then require a deposit for these cards.
Among those recovered where scripts used by the suspects, telephone units, laptops, and other materials used in the illegal operations.
A representative from the Taiwan government came to confirm the identity of the suspects.
Authorities believe that the group preys on tourists.
They are now investigating how members of the group entered the country and how they were able to operate inside a high-end subdivision in the city.
The suspects will be charged with violation of Republic Act 8484, or the Access Devices Regulation Act of 1998.
Although they can post bail, NBI said they will ensure that the suspects will not be allowed to leave the country. -- report from Nevi Calma, ABS-CBN News Pampanga