Identification theft is a significant criminal offense that will land you in jail.
This was what a 29-12 months-outdated gross sales girl located out just after she was arrested by police and barangay officials in Cainta, Rizal for on-line fraud.
BGen. Bowen Joey Masauding, officer-in-charge of the Philippine Countrywide Law enforcement-Anti-Cybercrime Group (PNP-ACG), reported the victim determined only as “Mika,” a profits assistant at a grocery retailer in Barangay Palatiw, Pasig City, was conned by just one “Attractive Coronary heart” who despatched her a mate request on Fb on June 18, 2022.
Masauding claimed the account of Attractive Coronary heart, who was identified as a “product sales woman of an institution”, used the photograph of Mika’s manager that convinced the sufferer to give her belief.
“Charming Coronary heart,” in accordance to Masauding, engaged the sufferer in a discussion and later certain her to make a cash transfer.
“Mika” sent P5,000 to the suspect’s GCash account, registered less than the identify of “Rosalina Lope.”
She then identified as her manager to ensure the fund transfer. Having said that, she identified out that her manager in no way asked for money.
Investigation uncovered that “Rosalina Lope” is really a authentic GCash account proprietor with a retail keep at the Camella Abraza Subdivision, Pinagbuhatan, Pasig Town.
Masauding reported the suspect simply employed Rosalina Lope’s account to hard cash out the cash from the victim.
On June 19, the suspect was arrested by a group of Barangay Protection Force at B-3, Westbank, Floodway, Cainta, as the suspect, whose name is withheld, was traced and identified by users of the Eastern District Anti-Cybercrime Units ( EDACT).
Confiscated proof from the suspect’s possession was a cellular cell phone.
The suspect is now beneath the custody of ACG EDACT in Barangay Caniogan, Pasig Metropolis, pending the perform of inquest proceedings.
Masauding stated the suspect will be going through legal fees for violations of Artwork. 315 (Estafa / Swindling) of the Revised Penal Code in relation to Area 6 of RA No. 10175 otherwise known as the Cybercrime Avoidance Act of 2012 and Sec. 4 (b) 3 (Laptop or computer-Related Identification Theft) of RA No. 10175.
“The immediate reporting of the complainant to authorities and the swift action by the regulation enforcement officers coupled with the lively participation of our barangay security drive is a manifestation of a united neighborhood from crime. At the time once again, I inspire the public to be watchful and right away report any cybercrime to PNP-ACG. ” Masauding reported.