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ANTI-CYBERCRIME GROUP ARRESTS REVENGE PORN BLACKMAILER
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.
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THREE COUNTERFEITERS OF DRIVER’S LICENSES AND SECURITY GUARD’S LICENSES FALL
Operatives of the PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group (ACG) arrested on Tuesday, three persons suspected of producing counterfeit driver’s licenses, security guard’s licenses and identification cards of various government agencies, during police operations in Cagayan de Oro City.
In his report to POLICE SENIOR SUPERINTENDENT MARNI C MARCOS JR, Director, ACG, Police Chief Inspector Ignacio Gamba, Chief, Regional Anti-Cybercrime Office in Northern Mindanao (RACO 10), identified the suspects as Ramonito Lopez, Israel Fuentes and Sallahudin Maunante Sumpingan, all of Barangay 3, Cagayan de Oro City.
According to PCI Gamba, the operation was launched after police received several complaints from the public that a group of counterfeiters led by Sallahudin were producing fake LTO driver’s licenses, security guard’s licenses and identification cards of various government agencies, from two commercial stalls located at T Chavez St, Barangay 3, CDO. The security guard’s licenses are exclusively issued by the PNP Supervisory Office for Security and Investigation Agencies (SOSIA).
PCI Gamba said that after a series of surveillance operations, Sallahudin was arrested by operatives of RACO 10 during an entrapment operation at the stall where he was conducting his nefarious activity. Fuentes and Lopez, on the other hand, were arrested inside their stall after police implemented the search warrant issued by Hon Dennis Alcantara, Presiding Judge, Branch 18 Regional Trial Court, Cagayan de Oro City.
Seized from the stalls of the suspects were six (6) desktop computers, printers and assorted falsified documents, IDs and licenses.
The suspects will be charged for violation of Article 172 of the Revised Penal Code pursuant to Section 6 of RA 10175 otherwise known as the “Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.”
“I would like to serve notice to all criminals that indeed crime does not pay especially if and when you contend with the tireless and hardworking operatives of the PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group,’’ PSSUPT Marcos said.