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Four Nigerians nabbed in Philippines for issuing fake IDs for online scam

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Four Nigerian nationals were arrested by agents of the National Bureau of Investigation Cebu Division Office (NBI CEBDO) in the Philippines for allegedly falsifying government IDs and other documents to be used for online scams, authorities said on Wednesday, June 15.

The NBI agents swooped down on a house in a subdivision in Barangay Marigondon, Lapu-Lapu City at past 3 p.m. on Monday, June 13, 2022, and arrested the four suspects.

They were identified as Augustine Onyekachi Nkowachi, Tosen Samuel Oguntoye, Chubuike Joseph Nwokoro, and Christopher Okeke.

The four will be facing charges of multiple counts of falsification of documents.

The operation was conducted after the girlfriend of one of the suspects sought the office’s assistance because she was allegedly persuaded by the suspects to facilitate the production of fake identification under her name.

After obtaining fake IDs, she was compelled by the suspects to open several bank accounts that will be used as means to facilitate transactions relating to an online scam.

Based on the investigation, the falsified IDs of the girlfriend were printed somewhere in Colon in Cebu City.

Rodriguez said this was not the first time that there was an issue of falsification of IDs in Colon. He said the police have already conducted operations there.

The agents seized several fake government IDs such as BIR, Philhealth, NBI clearances, LTO driver’s licenses, Philpost IDs, PRC IDs, and company IDs, among others.

Of the seized fake IDs, several photos used were from Filipinos but the names and details used were fictitious.

Agent-in-charge Arnel Pura said they will be coordinating with the embassy of Nigeria in Manila to know the backgrounds of the suspects.

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