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Fake Call Centre Seeking Funds For Typhoon Haiyan Victims

May 8th 2014 - Thursday

The PhilippineS justice department agents swooped on a call centre operating in Makati City and arrested some 100 people suspected of milking Typhoon Haiyan donors.

Among the suspected members of the racket arrested is a Canadian, identified as David Gilinsky and a British national identified only as “Paul”, agent Astremero of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Cybercrime Division told Gulf News.

“The raid was conducted on Tuesday evening (May 20),” she said adding that, aside from the typhoon Haiyan cover, investigators were looking into the possibility that the group had used other similar modus to exploit unsuspecting donors.

“What we can confirm is that this group had victimised people from other countries such as those in the Middle East, Europe, US and other countries in Asia,” she said.

According to a report by GMA News, call centre agents would introduce themselves to unsuspecting victims as a group soliciting donations for victims of typhoon Haiyan (locally named Yolanda).

The report quoted lawyer Vic Lorenzo, executive director of the NBI cybercrime division, as saying that Gilinsky’s group would call potential targets and claim that they were organising a charity effort for the calamity victims.

“We are looking into other scams perpetrated by this group,” he said.