Eleazar warns public against internet ‘love scam’

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MANILA – The Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, warned the public on Sunday not to fall victim to the “love scam” being perpetrated through social media platforms.

Following the arrest of two Nigerians involved in the scheme who extorted a large quantity of money from a businesswoman, he released the warning.

The suspects Felix Aondowase and Emmanuel Abia are accused of luring the woman online by pretending as an Australian man.

It came to a point where the suspects forced the victim to send some private images, which they later used to blackmail her into sending US$8,000 (about PHP400,000) to their Filipino contacts in Cavite.

The PNP chief cautioned the public to be more alert and careful about who they communicate with on different social media platforms.

“This is not the first time that we encountered and arrested Nigerians using this modus that is why I already ordered our ACG (Anti-Cybercrime Group) and CIDG (Criminal Investigation and Detection Group) to help each other to bust this syndicate,” Eleazar added.

Authorities apprehended the suspected Filipino cohorts of the Nigerians after an entrapment operation. Meanwhile, the foreign suspects have disputed the charges filed against them.

Eleazar advised anyone who has been a victim of this type of criminal conduct to report it to the authorities.

House committees to hold hearings during break

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Spread the loveMANILA – The House of Representatives has authorized for its committees to conduct hearings during the five-week congressional break, extending until late April.