PH Immigration nabs Korean wanted for cyber fraud

Robie de Guzman

MANILA, Philippines – A Korean man wanted in his country for cyber fraud has been nabbed at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said.

In a statement, the BI said Yun Kyungmin, 36, was intercepted last December 19 at the NAIA Terminal 2 while he was about to board his flight bound for Hong Kong.

He was stopped from leaving the country after an immigration officer found his name in the INTERPOL’s database of wanted foreign fugitives.

The BI said Yun is a subject of a red notice that INTERPOL issued in December 2018 after Korean authorities reported that he is wanted for prosecution.

The Korean government had canceled his passport and a warrant for his arrest was issued by the district court of Daejeon, South Korea, the bureau added.

Lawyer Rommel Tacorda, BI’s border control and intelligence unit (BCIU) chief, disclosed that Yun was accused of operating an illegal call center in Dalian, China that engaged in voice phishing activities to defraud unsuspecting Korean victims.

Korean prosecutors alleged that from 2016 to 2018, Yun and his cohorts managed to defraud some 42 victims whose combined money losses amounted to more than 2.2 billion won or nearly US$2 million.

According to the Immigration bureau, cybercriminals resort to fraudulent schemes by attempting to steal sensitive information through phone calls that seem legitimate, thus victims are duped into believing that the call is from a trusted source.

The suspects would usually call their victims and pretend to be police detectives or prosecutors. They would scare their victims with threats of arrest and prosecution and instruct them to deposit money into certain bank accounts, it added.

The bureau said Yun was booked on the next available flight to Korea where authorities were waiting to arrest him upon his arrival.

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