P1B defrauded through voice phishing: 34 Japanese arrested in Makati hotel

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The Bureau of Immigration (BI) arrested 36 Japanese nationals involved in telecommunications scam in a hotel in Makati City.

BI Commissioner Jaime Morente said Immigration agents were only after
Nobuki Oshita, 20, and Yusuke Kiya, 33, who have standing arrest
warrants for theft in Japan.

But during its operations Wednesday, BI agents stumbled on 34 other
co-conspirators and included them in the arrest.

Fugitive Search Unit (FSU) head Bobby Raquepo said the other Japanese
nationals who were caught engaged in voice phishing operations.

“Upon verification with the Japanese police, it was found out that all
36 are members of an organized crime group involved in telecom fraud
and extortion,” Morente said in a statement.

The group has reportedly victimized at least 1,393 Japanese nationals
with an estimated cost of damages worth 2 billion yen or P1 billion.

“The presence of these criminals in the country is a risk to public
security. We will keep our strong ties with our partners until the
last foreign fugitive is hunted, deported, and blacklisted,” Morente

The arrested foreigners are temporarily detained at the BI detention
facility in Bicutan, Taguig City pending deportation proceedings.