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The PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group (ACG) yesterday warned internet users to be extra careful who you are dealing with in the internet after ACG operatives arrested Wednesday morning a suspect who posed as a woman and duped a young student into sending him naked pictures, which he then used to blackmail her into giving him money in exchange for not uploading them online.

“I would like to warn our netizens to be extra careful in determining the real identities of the people you are dealing with in the internet so as not to fall victims of criminals who are trolling cyber space to look for their next victims,” said POLICE SENIOR SUPERINTENDENT MARNI MARCOS, Director of PNP ACG.

The warning was aired as ACG operatives, in coordination with the Taytay Municipal Police Station arrested Noel Rianzares, 22, of Pasay City, during an entrapment operation inside the Smart Money Padala located along Saudi Street, Pagaga in Taytay, Rizal, where he was supposed to withdraw the Php4,000.00 he demanded from his 19-year old victim.

In his report to PSSupt Marcos, Police Senior Inspector Errol Lloyd Adia, Team Leader said the operation was launched after it received a complaint from the victim, Eva (not her real name) of Marikina City, who told investigators that she was offered tickets for admission to the Entertainment Complex of Star City in Pasay City, by the suspect at a big discount. Eva, who has been doing some buy and sell transactions online for some time already, had hoped to sell the same at a profit and sent Php1,500.00 through money transfer.

However, when the tickets failed to arrive at her home address, she contacted Rianzares, who promised to send the tickets only after Eva sends him nude pictures. Rianzares, who pretended to be a woman, somehow convinced Eva and sent the suspect some compromising photos of hers.

It was at this point that Rianzares blackmailed Eva and demanded that she sent him an additional Php4,000.00 via money transfer or he will upload her nude pictures online. Fearful of the effect the nude pictures might have upon her reputation, Eva, accompanied by her mother went directly to the ACG Complaint Center located in Camp BGen Rafael T Crame to complain about the revenge porn threat.

Upon hearing the story, the ACG did not waste any time and immediately went into action that led to the arrest of Rianzares.

“May the experience of Eva, however unfortunate, be a lesson to our netizens to be especially wary when transacting business or even just surfing in the internet,” PSSupt Marcos said.