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Man posing as BOC employee, port operator exec collared

  • The Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Manila Police District have arrested a certain Macario Samson for allegedly posing as a Customs employee in order to swindle unsuspecting victims
  • Samson posed as an employee of BOC under the name Emmanuel T. Dizon and as a director of port operator International Container Terminal Services, Inc., using the name Steven So Chan
  • The suspect allegedly swindled a victim out of P230,000 in an online transaction involving the sale of a motorcycle supposedly under BOC’s custody
  • Samson is facing possible charges of estafa, falsification of public document, and usurpation of authority under the Revised Penal Code

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Manila Police District (MPD) have arrested an individual allegedly posing as a Customs employee in order to swindle money from unsuspecting victims.

In an operation, Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service-Port of Manila, in coordination with the MPD, arrested a certain Macario Samson for allegedly pretending to be an employee of BOC under the name Emmanuel T. Dizon. Samson, who also went by the alias Intsik, also posed as a director of port operator International Container Terminal Services, Inc., using the name Steven So Chan.

The suspect allegedly swindled a victim out of P230,000 in an online transaction involving the proposed sale of a motorcycle for P300,000, BOC said in a statement.

In the complaint filed with MPD Station 5, Samson reportedly asked the victim to pay a downpayment of P230,000 to allow the suspect to retrieve and secure the release the motorcycle from the custody of BOC.

After receiving the payment, the suspect disappeared and did not answer the victim’s calls, prompting the latter to report the incident which resulted in the suspect’s arrest.

Found in the suspect’s possession were fake identification cards from BOC and ICTSI. Samson is facing possible charges of estafa, falsification of public document, and usurpation of authority under the Revised Penal Code.

BOC warned the public against unscrupulous activities and stressed that careful scrutiny must be done especially for transactions done online.

The bureau also called on the public to be wary of individuals introducing themselves as BOC employees and selling items supposedly held in custody by the bureau. The public may report such incidents to BOC’s textline 8484 or call its hotline number, 8705-6000.

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