Chinese Man, Pinoy Driver Arrested for Selling Registered Sim Cards in Makati City
Police authorities arrested a Chinese national and his Pinoy driver for allegedly selling registered sim cards in Makati City.
The Makati City Police District Special Operations Unit (DSOU) apprehended two people in Barangay Poblacion, Makati City. According to reports, the two were selling registered Sim cards.
The accused were identified as Jinxing Zhao, 29, and Cristobal Cacayurin Jr., 56. Authorities got a tip from a confidential informant that Zhao and Cacayurin were selling registered SIM cards with active GCash accounts, according to a police report.
As a result, the police launched a buy-bust operation against the suspects, which resulted in their detention. Based on the report, the accused were found with 50 registered Globe prepaid sim cards and the boodle money.
Zhao and Cacayurin are now charged with breaking Republic Act 11934, also known as the Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) Registration Act, and Republic Act 10175, also known as the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.
Meanwhile, after the compulsory SIM registration period ends on April 26, Department of Information and Communications Technology Undersecretary Anna Mae Lamentillo expects a considerable decrease in scam text and message volume. Spam communications from unknown senders continue to be recorded, although Lamentillo anticipates fewer reports once all SIM cards in the country have been confirmed.
So far, around 32% of the country’s 169 million SIM cards have been registered. Customers should also report any stolen SIM cards that have already been registered.
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