A South Korean fugitive, believed to be a member of a syndicate operating a telephone fraud scheme in Manila and who has victimized many of his compatriots in his country, was arrested by the Bureau of Immigration (BI).
Hang Seun Hun, 27, was nabbed on Adriatico Street in Malate, Manila, last Sept. 20 by operatives from the BI’s Fugitive Search Unit. BI records show that Hang and three other Korean fugitives have been on the BI’s wanted list since August 8 this year, when immigration violation charges were filed against them for being fugitives from justice and undesirable aliens.
It was learned that presently, Hang is detained at the BI jail in Bicutan, Taguig City, pending deportation proceedings. The three other suspects, who remain at large, are now being hunted down by BI agents.
Hang will be deported as he and his cohorts are subjects of an outstanding arrest warrant that a Korean court issued against them on August 22.
A report from BI-FSU head Atty. Jose Carlitos Licas said Hang is already an overstaying alien as records showed that he arrived here last January 30 and did not bother to extend his 30-day stay, causing it to lapse.
Hang and his accomplices were all indicted for engaging in telephone fraud scam, also known as ‘voice phishing’, which refers to the criminal practice of using the telephone to gain access to a victim’s private, personal and financial information for the purpose of gaining financial reward.
Voice phishing is said to be a notorious practice in Korea where many victims have already fallen prey to perpetrators of the scheme, some of whom would demand money by threatening to harm the victim’s relatives or harass them with the prospect of being charged with criminal offenses, the BI said.