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PNP ACG 6th National Anti-Cyber Crime Summit

Republic of the Philippines
National Police Commission
PHILIPPINE NATIONAL POLICE
ANTI-CYBERCRIME GROUP
Camp BGen Rafael T Crame, Quezon City
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ACG-CYBER SECURITY BULLETIN NR 174: Beware of Rebate scams

Reference Number: ACG-CSB 102419174

         The following information was obtained from different cyber security sources for notification to all parties concerned pursuant to the mandate of the Philippine National Police Anti-Cybercrime Group (PNP ACG) and classified as “Restricted” pursuant to the PNP Regulation 200-012 on Document Security and Impact Rating as high based on PNP Information Communication Technology (ICT) Security Manual s.2010-01 p. 22 and p.129.

SUMMARY

 

          The scammer approaches you with a false claim that you are entitled to a reimbursement or rebate, such as for overpaid taxes, bank fees or some sort of compensation. The contact may come by mail, telephone, email, text message or social media.

          The caller or sender pretends to be from a government department, financial institution or trusted organization. In order to receive your money, you are asked to pay an upfront fee to cover 'administration fees' or taxes. The scammer will typically ask you to send the money via a money transfer service or the scammer may also be asked to provide personal or financial details.

         If the victim hand over the money, they will lose it and not receive any rebate. If the victim provide their credit card or banking details, they may find that more is taken out than Expected

         If you think you have provided your bank account or credit card details to a scammer, contact your bank or financial institution immediately.

RECOMMENDATION

            All PNP personnel as well as the public are advised to follow the tips in order to avoid the risk of Advance Rebate Scams:

  • Be wary of unsolicited emails, phone calls or letters saying you have unclaimed funds or are owed money.
  • Check that the organization, and the rebate, are legitimate, by contacting them directly.
  • Try and get their details from an independent source, such as a phone directory.
  • Beware of fake websites. Scammers send links to websites that look real, carrying the logos of well-known banks and other organizations.

For additional information, please refer to the following websites:

POINT OF CONTACT

            Please contact PMAJ ANGELICA STARLIGHT L. RIVERA, Chief, Personnel Records Management Section thru e-mail address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact us on telephone number (632) 7230401 local 3562 for any inquiries related to this CYBER SECURITY BULLETIN.