By: Elaine Hou and Emerson Lim
Taipei, July 7 (CNA) Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a travel alert for the Philippines on
Friday after several reported cases of con artists drugging foreign tourists in Manila and using their credit cards to make transactions.
In the notice, the ministry urged Taiwanese people traveling to the Philippines to stay on high alert and to avoid strangers who come up to them to start a conversation.
The ministry said that Taiwan’s representative office in the Philippines has recently received several reports of Taiwanese tourists being drugged by scammers, who stole credit cards from the victims while they were unconscious.
The victims all reported similar situations, in which a gang of three to four Filipinos approached them when they were alone and invited them to restaurants, drugging them into deep sleep to steal their credit cards or other valuable belongings, the ministry said. [FULL STORY]