Three locals of Caloocan City were nabbed Friday night, July 22, 2016 after an entrapment operation led by PSUPT JAY D GUILLERMO of the PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group.

The suspects were identified as FREDDIE C VALENZUELA, DREDD CLARA, RENIEL A PEDIMONTE all residents of Camarin Residences, Camarin, Caloocan City and they were arrested on July 22, 2016 at about 5:30 on the same location.

The suspects collaborated to black mail the victim in exchange for money for not uploading her nude photographs and sensitive videos. Valenzuela is the one who receives the money, Clara is the hacker, and Pedimonte is the one who handles the cellphone they used in extorting money from the victims.

The three persons of interest are now facing charges of violation of Article 294 (Robbery/Extortion) of the Revised Penal Code pursuant to Section 6, R.A. 10175 (Cybercrime Prevention Act), violation of Section 4(a)(1) (illegal access), R.A. 10175, violation of Republic Act 9995 (Anti-Photo and Video Voyeurism Act of 2009) and RA 7610 (Special Protection of Children Against Child Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act) and Article 19 (Accessories) in relation to Article 16 of the Revised Penal Code.

The victim, who is also a minor, said that a certain person posing as her friend sent her compromising photos of herself and her boyfriend through Facebook Messenger. The person likewise extorted Php10,000.00 after threats to publish and broadcast the recorded video of the sexual activities online.

An investigation into the victim’s account led authorities to believe that the explicit videos were previously shared privately by the victim and her boyfriend through their Facebook Messengers before the hacking incident.

According to Acabado, Acting director of PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group, the victim while using her Facebook messenger, she received a message from her friend’s facebook account asking the victim if she was the one on pinay scandal with link URL:” When she clicked the link there was nothing on it but a blank webpage.

With this, the ACG warns netizens to stop and think before sharing intimate photographs or videos online may it be through their personal messengers, as this can still be subject to hacking.

Furthermore, ACG advises victims of this crime to never pass money or bank details to extortionist and go straight to the nearest PNP ACG office. You may likewise contact us through social media (Twitter @PNPACG or Facebook Page @anticybercrimegroup) or through the following hotline numbers (02) 414-1560 or (02) 414-2199.