The Philippine National Police (PNP) has arrested two South Korean nationals who are allegedly wanted in their country for telecom fraud, PNP chief Gen. Dionardo Carlos announced Friday, Dec. 3.
Han Juyoung, 26, and Gim Sihun alias Kim Sihun, 26, are alleged members of a telecom fraud organization that has already victimized fellow Koreans of an estimated ₩29 million (Korean won) or roughly P1.24 million.
The suspects were apprehended in simultaneous operations by virtue of a warrant for deportation issued by the Bureau of Immigration (BI).
Operatives of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group Anti-Transnational Crime Unit (CIDG-ATCU) located them in Taguig City last Wednesday.
Citing Korean authorities who worked with the PNP, Carlos said the suspects impersonated some personnel of Hyundai Capital, a financial institution based in South Korea, and offered low interest loans for advance payments to their victims.
According to an official communication from Seo Seung Whan, Consul of the Embassy of Korea, to the PNP, the suspects were the subject of multiple warrants of arrest for fraud issued by the Republic of Korea.
“Based on these warrants of arrest, the International Criminal Police Organization (ICPO-INTERPOL) issued a Red Notice alerting all Interpol-member police agencies worldwide to arrest the suspects,” Carlos said.
An INTERPOL Red Notice is issued to simultaneously alert police in all member countries about internationally wanted fugitives.
“Our strong relations with foreign police agencies contributed to the success of this operation,” the PNP Chief added.
The suspects were turned over by the CIDG to BI Fugitive Search Unit for their deportation process.