An Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) who overstayed her visa in Hong Kong was arrested by the police after she allegedly got involved in a rent scam.
According to court records, the Filipina ex-helper lent her Bank of China ATM card to another woman who later used it to fraudulent activities worth more than $53,000. She will be jailed for 8 months, according to the Eastern Court.
The defendant identified only as A.L. Cabanban, 39 years old, was sentenced by Magistrate Bina Chainrai to four weeks imprisonment because of the breach of condition to stay in HK. This will run at the same time with her other penalties.
It is said that the Filipina was relieved from her work since April 9, 2019. After the 14-day visa extension, she was not able to find another employer but remained in HK illegally.
During her illegal stay in the country, she met Myla who borrowed her ATM card and paid her $3,000 in exchange for the ATM card and the password.
After the card was taken from her, illegal transactions started to pour in. Cabanban was charged with rental scam victimizing two men for HK$35,000. Victims Rupert Nicholas Bickmore and Lee Hok-bun claimed that they responded to an online advertisement about a flat rental.
They contacted a WhatsApp number which was indicated in the ad and was asked to pay a deposit amounting to $14,000 for the Chinese man and $21,000 for the Briton.
After one month, the person asked for another payment. The victims refused then the person became unreachable. It was then that they realized that they were duped and contacted the police.