THE National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has filed charges against 13 suspected Chinese phishers following their arrest in Parañaque City just recently.
Sued for violation of Republic Act No. 10175 otherwise known as the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 before the Parañaque City Prosecutor’s Office were Chen Qi Jun; Ou Zhong Qi; Chen Binggui; Chen Bei Xin; Wu Xingze, Yin Peng; Zheng Zhi Fa; Xu Shao Peng; Wei Chen; Li Chuangin; Yu Zou Wu; Chen Hua Sheng; and Zheng Shun Jin.
The operation stemmed from information received by the NBI-Special Task Force from an employee of 2G Company (2G) claiming that the suspects allegedly taught her and other employees in phishing operation victimizing foreign nationals of cryptocurrency.
The informant and her co-employees were given a list of possible targets whom they will chat with using a fake account, and will direct to dating sites.
Once the unsuspecting foreigners take the bait, the employees will gradually introduce cryptocurrency trading and make it appear that it is financially rewarding.
Also, once the victim downloads and opens an account on Binance or Metamask, the employees will send a phishing link, wherein a details such as the username and password of the victims will be harvested.
The NBI-STF applied for a Warrant for Search, Seizure, and Examination of Computer Data (WSSECD), and on April 13, 2022, operatives swooped down on the office address of 2G.
Through OS Triage, the operatives were able to discover that the computer devices used by the suspects were indeed running fraudulent computer software applications, and thru the use of photographs, links, websites and other deceptive computer system and data, are performing computer-related fraud.