AUTHORITIES in the Philippines have concluded plans to depot three Nigerians over alleged scam and other fraudulent acts.
According to information released by the Philippines Bureau of Immigration, BI, the trio will be sent packing from the Asian country and offloaded to Nigeria for their alleged ‘engagement in a series of love scams and overstaying in the country.’
In a statement, BI Intelligence Division Chief, Fortunato Manahan Jr, stated that the three were arrested by the BI in coordination with the Armed Forces of the Philippines in Bacoor, Cavite province, the country’s 15th most populated city.
Shaka, Anih and Gabriel, he said, face deportation cases for overstaying, misrepresentation, and for being undesirable aliens, in violation of the Philippine Immigration Act of 1940.
He added that they were involved in love scams targeting Filipinas they meet online and reportedly defrauded them of large sums of money.
“We are also investigating their links to a South African organized crime group and other scamming and fraud activities, as well as looking into possible cohorts that are still in the country.
“They have been using several aliases, and their documents reveal that they are already over staying,” he said.
In September 2020, Philippine’s BI arrested four Nigerians in Municipal City for their alleged involvement in the hacking stealing of funds from banks. The Nigerians are described by the police as part of an international syndicate that specializes in hackin banking systems, taking advantage of the flaws in their systems in violation of the Access Device Law, Anti-Cyber-crime law and falsification of public documents, with all the fraudulent transaction traced after they hacked a system of one Philippine bank, where at least P100 million were transferred and diverted into a different account.
The Nigerians, however, denied any involvement as alleged, claiming that they were in the Philippines to study and that they know nothing about the hacking incident. According to one of the suspects, the withdrawn funds were donations from a Nigerian student community for their education.