4 men nabbed in Pasay for credit card fraud

Maan Macapagal, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 11 2017 03:30 AM

Four men were arrested by police in separate entrapment operations in Pasay City Tuesday for alleged credit card fraud.

The suspects were identified as Erick John Arellano, Mariano Bajamunde, Augustine Gonzales, and Albino Pineda.

The Philippine National Police - Anti-Cybercrime Group received a report that the suspects used two stolen credit card numbers to purchase appliances at Qube, an online shopping site.

The fraud was discovered after the two credit card holders complained to their bank and Qube that they never made such purchases.

The suspects bought a 49-inch LED TV and a split-type airconditioner.

A Qube staff said they received the orders, approved them, and were scheduled for delivery until they were flagged by the credit card owners.

The two credit card owners disputed the respective items reflected in their credit card billing statements - a TV worth P19,999 and the airconditioner worth P39,999.

On Tuesday, PNP-ACG operatives posed as delivery boys and arranged for the delivery of the appliances in two locations in Pasay.

After the delivery receipts were signed, the operatives took the suspects where fake identification cards were also recovered from them.

The suspects claimed they were only instructed to receive the deliveries.

“Kinuha lang po namin ang TV dahil kapag kinuha po namin, bibigyan kami ng P1,000,” the suspect said.

“Tropa lang po yun ma’am. Wala naman po kaming alam doon ma’am eh,” another suspect claimed.

Senior Insp. Artemio Cinco, spokesperson of PNP-ACG, said the suspects could have used skimming devices or bought the credit card information to use the accounts.

Senior Insp. John Paras, investigation section chief of PNP-ACG, also said they also received similar complaints from the Bank of the Philippine Islands wherein almost P80,000 was stolen through credit card fraud.

Police urged the victims to cooperate with the PNP to solve credit card frauds.
 
“The successful police operations are the result of the cooperation between and among the concerned bank, the victim-clients and the police,” said Senior Supt. Marni Marcos Jr., director of PNP-ACG.

Charges for violating Republic Act 8484 or the Access Devices Regulation Act of 1998 will be filed against the suspects.