73 Chinese nationals sent back to Beijing for telecom fraud

Maan Macapagal, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 28 2018 08:59 PM

MANILA - Authorities have deported 73 Chinese nationals arrested for telecommunications fraud and violation of Philippine immigration laws after the Bureau of Immigration (BI) declared them as undesirable aliens.

They were among 151 individuals arrested in simultaneous raids in the villages of Nagtupacan and Bayubay Sur in San Vicente, Ilocos Sur, and in Las Piñas City on January 13.

The suspects were allegedly involved in massive fraudulent telecommunications operations.

Chief Supt. Marni Marcos, director of PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group (ACG), said alleged telecom fraudsters operating in the Philippines supposedly pretended to be police officers, prosecutors and judges to victims in China, some of whom are big company owners.

Police found that the internet protocol (IP) addresses linked to the series of telecommunications fraud in China were located in the Philippines. 

Marcos said Chinese police also reached out to them in November 2017 when some 100 IP addresses monitored in China were traced to the Philippines. 

"The telecom fraud in which the foreign suspects were involved has been preying on unsuspecting, wealthy victims from different provinces in mainland China for several years by pretending to be law enforcers, sending fake warrants of arrest, and directing the victims to transfer money to a safe account and, thereby, reaping millions of dollars from its victims," Marcos said.

Since their victims were mostly Chinese, the suspects will face trial in China.

For more than a month, the ACG held the 151 alleged fraudsters in custody.

PNP Spokesperson Chief Supt. John Bullacao said police would leave it up to the BI to facilitate the deportation of the remaining 78 suspects.

"The Anti-Cybercrime Group is closely coordinating with the Bureau of Immigration. The Taiwanese are still with us inside Camp Crame. They are in the custodial care of the Anti-Cybercrime Group," he said.