15 Taiwanese in fake credit card scam arrested

Posted at 09/15/2011 9:55 PM | Updated as of 09/16/2011 11:00 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Fifteen Taiwanese suspected of cloning credit cards have been arrested by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in raids on two houses in Quezon City Thursday.

The 15 were arrested in a house along Moncado St. BF Homes Subdivision. Police raided another house believed to be a cloning lab on Crane St. Filinvest-Two subdivision, but its occupants had just left.

The NBI said the suspects belonged to a syndicate which steals credit card numbers to make bogus cards.

"They would hack into merchants' websites then steal credit card accounts which are being used to purchase online," said Palmer Mallari, chief of the NBI Technical Investigation Division.

He said that aside from producing fake credit cards, the group also creates fake shopping websites.

Mallari's team recovered from the suspects a script they use when calling victims in China and Taiwan, and a list of the telephone numbers of their contacts inside the Bureau of Immigration and the Philippine National Police.

Mallari said shabu and other paraphernalia were also seized during the raid.

The NBI said the Taiwanese will be charged for violating the Access Devices Regulation Act.

It noted their modus operandi is common in the Philippines because of the country's lenient laws on putting up IT businesses. - Report from Maan Macapagal, ABS-CBN News