3 suspects in credit card fraud arrested

THE Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) arrested three persons involved in credit card fraud over the weekend.

Police Director Samuel D. Pagdilao, Jr., CIDG chief, said CIDG agents arrested Gringo Omar S. Labayani, Norman L. Taebas and Gerald B. Acopio in an entrapment operation in a popular food chain along Quezon Avenue at around 11:00 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2, 2012.

The suspects were caught in the act by planted CIDG operatives giving money to another person as payment for stolen credit card information.

Unkown to them, however, the unamed person had contacted the CIDG prior to the scheduled transaction.

According to the person, a certain Prince and his cohorts provided him with a skimming device used in cloning credit cards.

In exchange, the group agreed to pay him P1,000 for every information collected through the gadget.

The concerned citizen, however, contacted the police about the group’s activities and agreed to cooperate in setting up an entrapment operation against them.

Seized from the control and possession of Labayani during the operation were a laptop, the skimming device, an adapter cord, two computer keyboards and the money used to pay the police informant.

Pagdilao said a case for violation of Republic Act No. 8484 (Access Devices Regulation Act of 1998) is now being readied against the suspects.

“While we call on the public to be extra cautious in their credit card transactions to avoid being duped by these criminal group, we also applaud the proactive stance of citizens in helping the police stop these unscrupolous people,” he said.

To help in its task to maintain peace and order, the CIDG earlier organized the community-based civilian group Community Investigative Support.

Barely a year has passed since its founding, the CIS is now over 20,000 strong and has helped the CIDG in the arrest of most wanted criminals, the confiscation of loose firearms, the neutralization of crime groups and the solution of sensational crimes.

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