Bureau of Customs warns public to be vigilant vs scams

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The Bureau of Customs warns the public to beware of business proposals from a man who, apart from misrepresenting himself as a replacement for Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon, has been linked to extortion and various scams.

Ariel Roselle Victorino, also known as Ariel Roa Victorino, allegedly a relative of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, was reported to have produced a letter allegedly signed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, saying he would take over Faeldon’s post.

The BOC added it had also received complaints that Victorino had been extorting money from customs employees, brokers, and even smugglers in exchange for protection and immunity from the law.

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Victorino has several pending criminal cases in the courts for estafa and fraud.

National Bureau of Investigation records revealed that it had arrested Ariel and one Hershey Victorino for reportedly duping five applicants for a US visa.

In June 2013, (Ariel) Victorino was accused of extorting money from garbage contractors after claiming to be the chief of Manila’s Department of Public Service.

Faeldon urged the public to disclose the names of other individuals who have been involved in extorting money in exchange for protection.

For assistance, call the BOC Cares hotline numbers 705-6052 or 705-6000, or email [email protected].

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