Over 100 'Taiwanese' arrested in Philippines for telecom scamming
Central News Agency
2014-03-27 10:34 PM
Manila, March 27 (CNA) More than 100 people claiming to be from Taiwan have been arrested in the Philippines on charges of running a scam operation to defraud victims over the phone. Philippine investigators arrested 175 suspects late Wednesday in five locations across the city of Angeles in Pampanga Province, Central Luzon. They seized computers, telecommunications devices, instruction booklets and lists of potential victims, according to Philippine National Bureau of Investigation Director Virgilio Mendez. The identities of the 110 who said they were Taiwanese could not be immediately confirmed as most of them did not produce documentation to prove their claims, according to personnel at Taiwan's representative office in the Philippines. The remaining suspects said they are from China. An investigator told CNA that the raids were carried out after receiving tips and detecting unusually heavy Internet use from each of the five locations. The suspects face several charges, including the illegal use of telecommunication facilities. (By Emerson Lim and Scully Hsiao)
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