Large-scale online job recruitment scam uncovered

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    BALANGA City, Bataan – The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) announced Friday that it discovered what it described as a large-scale online job recruitment fraud in the country that led to the arrest of two suspects in Limay, Bataan late Thursday afternoon.

    SPO1 Joseph Mejia, CIDG provincial chief of Intelligence and Investigation, said they arrested Mark Montanez, 29, suspected brains behind the recruitment fraud nationwide, and Dominador Luzano, 57, suspected receiver in payout transactions, both from Limay.

    Mejia said that per order of CIDG provin- cial offi cer Police Chief Insp. Reyson Bagain and in coordination with San Miguel Corporation (SMC), the suspects were nabbed in an en- trapment operation at MLhuiller branch in barangay Townsite, Limay.

    He said that the two suspects were with two women who were able to escape and are now subject of manhunt.

    The suspects pretended to be online job recruiters for SMC that has various businesses nationwide using social media through different job websites.

    “Humihingi sila ng pera sa aplikante sa pangakong mabibigyan ng trabaho at sila na bahalang mag-ayos ng mga clearances at ibang dokumento. More or less, P2,500 – P2,800 ang hinihingi sa bawat aplikante na ipinapadala sa pamamagitan ng MLhuiller at iba pang online money couriers,” Mejia said.

    He said they have no exact number of the group’s victims yet but said there may already be many since the suspects started operating last year.

    “Kadalasang nabibiktima mga taga-probinsiya tulad sa Mindanao, Visayas at northern Lu- zon,” the CIDG investigator said.

    The fraud came to the attention of Bataan CIDG officers after a rep- resentative from San Miguel Corporation asked for their assistance.

    “Nagpanggap kam- ing aplikante sa SMC kaya hiningan kami ng pera. Sa pamamagitan ng koordinasyon sa ML- huiller, naghanda kami ng marked money,” Mejia said.

    “Patong-patong na kaso hinaharap nila tulad ng swindling, cybercrime at illegal recruitment. Kung lulutang pang ibang biktima, papasok sa large-scale illegal recruitment,” he added.

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