Fraudsters likely to get caught under New Congress bill
After the recent wave of card skimming, Congress would like to step in to stop these cases.
Eastern Samar Rep. Ben Evardone is looking to file a bill that would make card fraud a non-bailable offense, following the latest string of skimming cases faced by depositors of bilyonaryo Henry Sy’s BDO Unibank.
After the House Committee on Banks and Financial Intermediaries held a public inquiry on BDO’s case — which has so far affected 95 clients who used seven compromised automated teller machines (ATMs) — Evardone wants to make it difficult for these thieves to get away with the deed.
“Parang theft lang ang consideration. Eh minsan, milyon milyon ang nakukuha. So sabi nila, pag bail P15,000 yata o P20,000. Kinabukasan labas na. Yon ang isang malaking problema nila, kasi obsolete na nga yong batas natin,” the politiko said in a DzBB radio interview.
Evardone added that the Bureau of Immigration would have a big role to play, as it would have to block attempts of foreign hackers and skimmers to leave the country after they are apprehended for card fraud.
The politiko said he is poised to file the bill by the last week of June.