Taiwan police have cracked a scam ring run by Philippine nationals, who swindled their victims out of thousands of US dollars. Police say that the scammers not only targeted Taiwanese people, they tricked migrant workers from the Philippines into helping them do their dirty work.
This may look like a small gathering of friends, but looks can be deceiving. This is actually a group of scammers. Taiwanese authorities cracked this ring led and operated by Philippine nationals. But not before they raked in millions of New Taiwan Dollars (thousands US) by offering phony loans and investment opportunities to unsuspecting victims.
The mastermind behind the ring operates remotely in the Philippines. He has accomplices here in Taiwan who are also Philippine nationals. Those accomplices tricked people into sending funds to bank accounts of other Philippine citizens. Those account holders would then withdraw the money and give it to the scammers for a 1-3% cut. They assumed they were just helping out a compatriot with a bank transfer, not realizing that they were actually playing a role in the scam.
Police say that the ring appealed to Philippine migrant workers because it gave them an opportunity to make an extra buck. But, authorities say they’re trying to spread awareness: this is one part-time job, that could land you in full-time trouble.