BUREAU of Customs-NAIA District Collector Ed Macabeo has directed Customs examiners at the premier airport terminals to strictly monitor passengers coming from China.
The order came following the confiscation of over 500 card skimming devices and counterfeit credit cards worth millions of pesos at the NAIA Terminal 2 the other day. The items belonged to Chinese national Wu Hong Zheng, 33, who arrived at the NAIA Terminal 2 aboard PR 383 at 8:30 a.m. the other day from Guanzhou, China.
It was learned from Macabeo that the Bureau of Customs headed by Nicanor Faeldon earlier received tipped information regarding the slated arrival of said skimming devices and assorted blank cards at the said terminal.
Said equipment are reportedly used to illegally gather information on users of ATM and credit cards, especially those that are used in casinos and hotels.
Macabeo ordered the seizure of the misdeclared items found inside the 37 boxes which included pricey items such as Louis Vuitton bags, Tory Burch sandals, Fendi shoes, Asus Computer laptops, mobile phone accessories, electronic cigarette devices and several credit card and ATM card that have Chinese markings.
It was learned that the office of Macabeo is now coordinating with certain banks regarding the confiscated skimming device which does not only serve the purpose of stealing bank information but also enables one to withdraw money from ATM machines.
Reportedly, the said confiscated equipment are already funded and may be withdrawn from once the user reaches the casino.
Wu, as records showed, had been travelling to and from China on a weekly basis. She had been charged with violation of the Access Devices Regulation Act of 1998 in relation to certain provisions of the Tariff and Customs Code of the Philippines.