(Bloomberg) -- More than 500 foreign nationals, including over 400 Chinese workers, were arrested near Manila’s airport on Wednesday for alleged telecommunications fraud, Philippine police said.

Philippine and Chinese authorities arrested the foreign workers -- including citizens of Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan and Myanmar -- who did not have work permits and were allegedly luring overseas investors to fraudulent businesses, police said.

The arrested workers, who used online identity theft techniques such as phishing in their operations, will be deported, authorities said. They’re looking at the identity of the owners of the company that employed the suspects.

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