Philippine police on July 10 said they had arrested 42 Taiwanese and two mainland Chinese suspects for involving in a large-scale Internet fraud.

The suspects were apprehended during a series of raids in the central city of Iloilo on July 9 by anti-cyber crime and immigration units.

They allegedly posed as police officers, prosecutors, judges and anti-money laundering officials and cheated people from Taiwan and mainland China.

The arrested were said to tell their victims that their bank accounts were being used for money laundering and their assets would be safe if the money was transferred to the suspects’ accounts.

The police said scams involving Taiwanese and mainland Chinese people has become common in the Philippines in recent years.-VNA