Filipino police have arrested 13 suspected Nigerians and a Filipino accomplice allegedly behind an “online scamming syndicate”.
According to the police, the activities victimized Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and other nationalities in the country. They were captured during an overnight raid conducted in Imus City in Cavite province on Sunday.
Imus City Police chief Supt. Audi Madrideo, briefing the press said members of what he described as an “online syndicate” would create fraudulent Facebook accounts, with stolen photos and profiles, and pose as members of the United States military.
One of the alleged group leaders, called Emmanuel Nnandi, was arrested in an entrapment operation around 7:30 p.m. Sunday, in a money transfer outlet in Barangay (village) Tanzang Luma 2.
Nnandi led authorities to other members of the group who were consequently collected from three apartments. Police found out that the Nigerians had entered the country using student visas.
Authorities are now preparing to file a case of syndicated scam against the suspects and prosecute them if found guilty.