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Fake African missionary is arrested by the BI for ATM hacking plots

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The arrest of a Ghanaian national who is thought to be the leader of a West African gang that targets automated teller machines (ATMs) in the Philippines was made public by the Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Friday.

The African was Victor Patrick, 34, who was apprehended in a joint operation by officers of the BI and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) last October 14 at the parking lot of a mall in Bicutan, according to a press release by Immigration Intelligence Division Chief Fortunato Manahan Jr.

The immigration officer claims that a mission order was issued as a result of a letter that local intelligence officials sent reporting Patrick’s illegal actions in the nation.

“Patrick is one of the main suspects in an ATM hacking ring, according to the AFP. He has been observed visiting a number of significant banks in Barangay Moonwalk in Paranaque “said Manahan.

Manahan claimed that after checking Patrick’s itinerary and visa situation, it was discovered that the foreigner had entered the nation on a tourist visa on April 20, 2019, and had then applied for a missionary visa that had been requested by a corporation situated in Cebu.

The company’s reported address was thereafter under monitoring by immigration officers, who found that it was false.

Patrick will be charged with deportation for violating Section 37(a)(9) of the Philippine Immigration Act of 1940 after acquiring an immigration document by false statement and representation, according to Immigration Commissioner Norman Tansingco.

Given that Patrick’s visa was obtained fraudulently, he declared, “it is ruled void from the outset.”

Tansingco stated that they are working closely with local law enforcement to track down and apprehend potential allies as well as any other international con artists who may be present in the nation.

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