Anti-cybercrime cops collar 4 Israelis over fraudulent online services

CLARK FREEPORT – Four Israelis were arrested by agents of the Anti-Cybercrime Group during simultaneous raids in three separate offices inside the BerthaPhil Compound along Jose Abad Santos Avenue here early Wednesday evening, authorities announced.
Senior Supt. Nicolas Salvador, Director, Pampanga Police Provincial Office (PPO), identified the suspects as Gal Manubla, Nathali Grin, Ishay Shoulou and Noa Hofman, all management operators and occupants of the building subjected to three search warrants.

Salvador said the raiding teams were armed with three search warrants issued by Judge Andres Bartolome Soriano of the Makati City Regional Trial Court against different departments of the International Branding Development Marketing including IBD Retentions, Sales, Quality Assurance and Customer Service, housed at the Regus Building and GMS building inside BerthaPhil Compound, an industrial complex within the Clark Freeport.

In his report to Chief Supt. Amador Corpus, director, Central Luzon PNP, Salvador said the raid stemmed from a complaint filed before the PNP-Anti-Cybercrime Group for alleged violation of Cybercrime Act of 2012 or Republic Act 10175 and estafa against IBDM which occupies three separate buildings.

The raiding team led by Senior Inspector Artemio Cinco of the PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group, took all the equipment, mostly computer sets, telephones and accessories found within the offices that are subjects of the search warrant.

The four Israelis, Salvador said, were arrested for alleged “engaging” in fraudulent activities through online or internet. He said the suspects were found in one of the IBDM offices during the raid.

Baeed on records of the Clark Development Corporation (CDC), the IBDM is engaged in business of call center (Business Process Outsourcing), providing general online marketing , customer service and other related support services for clients outside of the Philippinies.

The suspects and hundreds of IBDM employees including the equipment seized were taken to PNP national headquarters in Camp Crame for further documentation and inventory as a criminal complaint is being readied against the officers of the company.