MANILA, Philippines – As part of the Bureau of Customs’ (BOC) commitment to stop illegal activities and weed out unscrupulous individuals, the Bureau through the Intelligence Group Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (IG-CIIS) Port of Manila District Office in coordination with the Manila Police District, arrested a certain Macario Samson who was posing as a BOC employee to swindle money from unsuspecting victims.
The suspect who also went under the alias “INTSIK” was arrested in an operation conducted by members of MPD together with CIIS operatives. Also arrested was a certain Mr. Emmanuel T. Dizon who was also discovered to have been posing as an International Container Terminal Inc. (ICTSI) Director with a name of Steven So Chan.
The suspect together with his accomplice, allegedly swindled the amount of Php 230,000 from the victim as part of an online transaction to sell a motorcycle for Php 300,000.
In the complaint filed with MPD station 5, the suspect asked the victim to pay a downpayment of Php 230,000 to allow the suspect to retrieve and release the supposed motorcycle from the custody of BOC.
Upon payment, the suspect disappeared and did not answer the victims calls. This prompted the victim to report the incident which resulted to the arrest of the suspect.
Found in the suspect’s possession were fake IDs of the Bureau of Customs and International Container Terminal Inc. The suspect is facing possible charges of estafa, falsification of public document and usurpation of authority under the revised penal code (RPC).
The Bureau warns the public against such unscrupulous activities and stress that careful scrutiny must be done especially for transactions done online. The bureau also calls on the public to be wary of individuals introducing themselves as BOC employees selling supposed items held by the Bureau. The public may report such incidents to BOC textline 8484 or call BOC hotline 8705-6000.