Customs turns over confiscated OTP devices to OMB

Published November 4, 2020, 6:42 PM

by Betheena Unite

Thousands of one-time password devices and boxes of video tapes seized at the Port of Clark in previous operations were recently turned over to the Optical Media Board (OMB) for disposition, the Bureau of Customs said Wednesday.

(photo from BOC)

A total of 2,400 pieces of one-time password (OTP) devices, 30 boxes of video tapes, including sim cards and blank bank cards, believed to be used in cybercrimes and bank frauds, were handed over to the Optical Media Board (OMB) last October 29.  

The items, according to the bureau, were forfeited and abandoned goods at the port, mostly coming from Hong Kong and China. 

The abandoned shipments, consisting of 30 boxes of video tapes and several sets of OTP devices, were issued with decrees of abandonment due to the consignee’s failure to file goods declaration within the prescribed period and failure to submit the necessary permit from the Optical Media Board.

Some were discovered concealed in vacuum cleaners and speakers during inspection. These shipments were seized for violation of Sections 117 & 1113  paragraph f, i and l (3), (4) and (5) of R.A. No. 10863 or the “Customs Modernization and Tariff Act” (CMTA) in relation to RA 8484 or the “Access Devices Regulation Act of 1998.” 

Optical Media Board Chair and CEO Christian Natividad said the items will be disposed in accordance with law and also reminded the public that the importation of any form of storage device requires a license and permit from them to avoid the shipment from being confiscated.

District Collector Ruby Alameda, on the other hand, said that the Port of Clark “will relentlessly enforce customs rules and regulations and will remain steadfast in apprehending these items to prevent the same from circulating in the market and be used by unscrupulous individuals in illegal activities.”