MANILA - Bureau of Immigration (BI) agents have arrested a South Korean fugitive believed to be a member of a syndicate operating a telephone fraud scheme that have victimized many in South Korea.
The 27-year-old suspect, Hang Seun Hun, was arrested September 20 by operatives from the BI's fugitive search unit along Adriatico Street in Malate, Manila, Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said.
Morente said Hang and three other Korean fugitives have been on the BI's wanted list since August 8 this year when immigration violation charges were filed.
Hang is detained at the BI jail in Bicutan, Taguig City pending deportation proceedings, Morente said, adding that the three other suspects who remain at large are now the targets of a manhunt by BI agents.
Morente said Hang will be deported as he and his cohorts are subjects of an outstanding arrest warrant that a South Korean court issued in August.
Hang is already an overstaying alien as records showed that he arrived here last January 30 and did not bother to extend his 30-day stay before it elapsed.
Hang and his accomplices were all indicted for engaging in telephone fraud scam, also known as voice phishing.
Voice phishing refers to the criminal practice of using the telephone to gain access to private personal and financial information from the victim for the purpose of financial reward.
It is done, for example, when a caller imitates a bank officer or police investigator or prosecutor in attempting to acquire information about the call recipient's bank account information to trick the latter into giving them money.
Voice phishing is said to be a notorious practice in South Korea where many victims have already fallen prey to perpetrators of the scheme. Some syndicates would even demand money by threatening to harm the victim's relatives or harass them with the prospect of being charged with criminal offenses.