CEBU CITY — Police on Friday (August 5) arrested four South Koreans allegedly involved in illegal Philippine Offshore Gambling (POGO) operations during a raid in Barangay Lahug here.
The Lapu-Lapu City Field Unit of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) identified the suspects as Kang Tae-wong, 42, from Gwangju, South Korea; Jung Ho-won, 41; Kim Dae-hyeon, 36; and Park Ji-sung, 40.
The suspects were arrested at their condominium. Kang was the subject of the raid based on a search warrant issued by Judge Ramon Daomilas of Branch 11 of the Cebu City Regional Magistrate’s Court.
Computer sets, cell phones, one-time password generators, Wi-Fi routers, subscriber identity module cards, serial bus universal flash drives and other electronic devices were seized in the condominium.
CIDG-Lapu-Lapu City Field Unit Chief Nigel Sanoy said the suspects operated an online gambling and dating site which they used as a platform to victimize their South Korean compatriots.
Sanoy said his office has been investigating Kang’s alleged illegal activities since February this year.
He said the suspects would entice their potential victims to invest in a certain business.
“They use their online gaming and dating sites to victimize other Koreans. By using these sites, they would attempt to phish their victims. Once the victim clicks on the link of their sites, they then hack into the victim’s bank account,” Sanoy said.
Surveillance showed the suspect began operations in 2019, Sanoy said.
Sanoy said the Koreans chose to operate in Cebu City, believing cybersecurity is more lax here.
Charges for violation of Republic Act (RA) 8484 or the Access Devices Regulation Act of 1998 as amended by RA 11449 will be filed against the suspect, Sanoy said.
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