The PNP CYBERCOPS arrested a computer technology student in Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija after demanding money from his victim for not uploading and distributing her nude photographs and sex videos on the social media.
PSSUPT MARNI C MARACOS JR, Director of the PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group said that the entrapment operation was conducted on May 3, 2017 at around 1:20 in the afternoon led by PSUPT MA IVY P CASTILLO, Supervisor of Women and Children Protection Section (WCPS) of PNP ACG in coordination with the Nueva Ecija Police Provincial Office and the owner of money transfer in Cabanatuan City.
The suspect was arrested in Paco Roman St. Brgy. Supermarket Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija after claiming the demand money. The suspect was identified as Ronald Ecaro y Trinidad, 18 years old, male, single, 2nd year Associate in Computer Technology student and a resident of no. 312 MS. Garcia, Cabanatuan City.
According to PSSUPT MARCOS, the mother of one of the victim who is a minor (17 year old) filed a complaint on May 1, 2017 regarding her daughter who was victimized of hacking her Facebook Account. Based on the initial investigation conducted by WCPS, the suspect was able to victimized eight (8) female victims. The modus of the suspect is to monitor the Facebook Account of his would be victim.
MARCOS said that the suspect is using social engineering technique to obtain passwords of the Facebook account of his victim through asking the cellular phone of one of the friends of the victim. The purpose of asking the cellular number is to reset the password of the Facebook account of his would be victims. if the password of the FB account was reset, he will then look for saved nude pictures and sexual activities on their messenger”, he further said.
“If the suspect was able to see that there are nude pictures on their messenger, he will ask for money in exchange of deleting, not uploading it to Internet, and sharing it to their social media friends, the official said.
Confiscated on the position of the suspect were Cherry Mobile Model Flare J1 Plus with a Touch Mobile (TM) Prepaid Sim, Nokia Model: RM-1134 with Touch Mobile (TM) Prepaid Sim, Payout Money amounting to Php 2,500.00 and another Payout Money amounting to Php100, and School ID bearing his photo and name.
The suspect will be charged for violation of Art. 294 of RPC (Robbery with violence and intimidation) committed by, through or with the use ICT pursuant to section 6 of RA 10175, RA 9995 (Anti-Photo and Video Voyeurism Act of 2009), and section 33(a) (hacking) of Republic Act 8792 (E-Commerce Act of 2000).
Police Senior Superintendent MARCOS advised the public not to share and saved sensitive pictures and videos on their social media accounts. Also, he stressed that uploading this pictures and videos is like giving part of lives to cybercriminals and they are waiting opportunities to get this information.