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NBI Arrested Alleged PH’s “Text Scam King”




The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has arrested a suspect named Roan Sia aka Mark Tan yesterday in his house in Metro Manila. He is believed to be one of the country’s biggest text scam operator who, according to the agency, has amassed a total of Php100 million worth of credits from numerous victims.

According to the NBI, Tan’s modus operandi was to send out multiple SMS to random numbers, both here and abroad, pretending to be a friend or a relative who is in dire need of prepaid credits.

The prepaid credits that Tan allegedly took from unsuspecting victim are wired to one of the 50 cellular phones that he uses in his operation. He then transfers the credit to his own number which in turn can be turned into cold hard cash using the local telco’s money transfer services like Smart Money and Globe G-Cash.

Mark Tan is facing various charges including (but not limited to) violation of the Access Devices Regulation Act of 1998 (RA 8484) and large-scale estafa.

[GMA News]



This article was written by Ronnie Bulaong, a special features contributor and correspondent for YugaTech. Follow him on Twitter @turonbulaong.

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11 Responses

  1. Red says:

    Buti nga sa unggoy na yan. Magtrabaho din kasi.

  2. goblin king says:

    bitay!

  3. Justin says:

    Walang manloloko kung walang magpapa-loko. Period.

    • Silverlokk says:

      Yep, and the carriers and the DOJ have been warning against this. Alam kong masama na ang loob ng mga nabiktima nya, at ayaw kong lalong sumama pa loob nila, pero hindi nila nakinig sa mga babala ng Globe, SMART, at DOJ.

  4. shutter says:

    bakit walang picture?? Dapat ilabas ang picture ng mapahiya pati buong pamilya nyan!

  5. de says:

    pagkatapos nya magbyad, laya na ulit yan..taz balik sa dating gawi! welcome the the Philippines!

  6. bern says:

    fines/bails are just nominal damages for crook’s amassed millions.

  7. ayayayayaya says:

    lol 200k lang pyansa tol kalma may 100m sya salapi lang yan

    • Silverlokk says:

      Hindi kaya frozen yung assets nya — bank accounts, real estate holdings, pate kotse at kung ano-ano pa? Kung ganoon, di sya makakapag-pyansa.

      We can only hope.

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