Philippines repatriates Taiwanese scammers

TAIPEI, Taiwan - On April 24 the Philippines deported 44 Taiwanese suspects accused of online and phone scams, the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) said.

The suspects were from two rings busted by Manila police authorities last August and early this month, the CIB said in a statement.

They were escorted back to Taiwan by four Filipino immigration officials on two separate flights that arrived in Taiwan on the same day.

The two cases are being separately investigated by Kaohsiung and Taichung prosecutors' offices, the CIB said.

Giving an example of one scam, the CIB said a cashier working at a school in China's eastern province of Shandong had been targeted.

The scam ring members pretended to be post office or police and asked the cashier to wire money to a bank account after they claimed the victim's existing account had been frozen by local authorities.

The cashier was duped and wired a total of 470,000 yuan (S$94,000) or NT$4.65 million (S$193,000) in six days, the CIB said.

The CIB has continued to warn the public to be aware of the scam and report any suspicious activity to police.