CIDG: Korean syndicate boss, cohort nabbed for telephone fraud

An alleged Korean syndicate boss and his cohort were arrested by joint police and immigration detectives in Paranaque City on Thursday evening, Sept. 8, for telephone fraud, the Philippine National Police’s Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) said.

Juyeon Lee (Photo by PNP-CIDG)

Seung Yeol Lim (Photo by PNP-CIDG)

Police Brig. Gen. Ronald Lee, director of the PNP-CIDG, said Juyeon Lee and Seung Yeol Lim are both wanted in their country for telephone fraud or voice phishing.

“Juyeon Lee is an underboss of the Majun Family operates voice phishing call centers in several luxury offices in Metro Manila,” the police director said.

He said the suspects were nabbed by virtue of a “Red Notice” from the International Police Organization (INTERPOL) implemented by the CIDG’s Anti-Transnational Crimes Unit and Intelligence Division, Bureau of Immigration, and Korean Desk in BF Homes and MHFDS Village, respectively, at 6 p.m.

He said the suspects became members of the telephone scam syndicate that operated in the Philippines from 2015 to 2016. They joined the group from February 2016 to July 2016.

The modus of the group was to obtain money from unsuspecting victims by posing as bank officials or sellers of a call center firm in Manila.

Throughout the 306 times they allegedly performed their illegal activity within the five-month period, the suspects defrauded a total of W2,880,418,230 (Korean won) from their victims, Lee bared.