Korean cyber fraud fugitive nabbed at NAIA


Posted at Dec 26 2019 12:25 PM

MANILA - Philippine immigration officers intercepted a South Korean fugitive who was supposedly involved in cyber fraud, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said Thursday.

The 36-year-old Yun Kyungmin was nabbed last December 19 at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2, BI added.

Korean prosecutors claim that Yun’s group has defrauded 42 victims who lost more than 2.2 billion won (P96 million) or nearly US$2 million.

Yun, who has an arrest warrant in South Korea, was on his way to Hong Kong when immigration officers found his name on the Interpol’s database of fugitives. 

The Korean national, whose passport was also canceled, is accused of operating an illegal call center in Dalian, China that engaged in phishing activities, or fraudulent attempts to obtain sensitive information like passwords and credit card information, said BI’s border control and intelligence unit (BCIU) chief Rommel Tacorda. 

“Usually, the suspects would call their victims and pretend to be police detectives or prosecutors. They would scare the former with threats of arrest and prosecution and instruct them to deposit money into bank accounts owned by the cyber frauders,” BI added.