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Police, Globe Telecom security team nab 7 broadband fraudsters

Globe Telecom’s intensified campaign against fraudsters led to the arrest of 7 fraudsters involved in the illegal sale of the company’s LTE modems.

The campaign is intended to protect its customers from illegal activities involving its products and services. “We strongly discourage our customers from purchasing internet connectivity devices from unauthorized dealers and instead entertain offers of various Globe products and services only from legitimate agents,” said Ronald Uychutin, Globe Vice President for Security and Anti-Fraud and Investigation Division. He added that Globe will continue to coordinate closely with police authorities in pursuing its campaign against fraudsters.

A series of entrapment operations jointed conducted by police and a Globe security team resulted in the arrest of 7 suspects involved in the illegal sale of Globe modems. Arrested were David King Esguerra, 33 years old, a resident of No. 79 Guimba, Nueva Ecija; John John Mamuyac, 28 years old, a resident of 19-C Camilo Osias St., Brgy. Kaligayahan, Quezon City; Marc Searle Arboleda, 25 years old and Ma. Joanna Garcia; 25 years old, both residing at No.119 Tabing Ilog St. Brgy. Aniban II, Bacoor City, Cavite; Michael Pascua, 29 years old, a resident of Block 2 Lot 2 Sunny Crest Royale Brgy. Salitran 2, Dasmariñas City; Thomas Jefferson, 33 years old, a resident of Block 3 Lot 1 Masalud Vill Brgy. Salinas 1, Bacoor City, Cavite; and Angeline Manlapao, 20 years old, a resident of Block 5 Lot 1 Nueve de Pebrero St., Brgy. Mauway, Mandaluyong City.

The entrapment operations conducted against the suspects were based on a list of online sellers of Globe LTE modems, either through or Facebook. With police personnel posing as online buyers, suspects agreed to meet them which led to their eventual arrests.

The suspects are believed to be engaged in a modus operandi that involves retrieval of LTE modems from legitimate customers on pretext of an upgrade or repair. The modems are then reconfigured and sold at a one-time cost payment in popular social online buy-and-sell sites such as OLX and even networking sites such as Facebook. Police recovered from the suspects numerous Globe LTE modems. Uychutin emphasized the company will continue to work closely with police authorities in pursuing fraudsters.