Republic of the Philippines
National Police Commission
PHILIPPINE NATIONAL POLICE
Camp BGen Rafael T Crame, Quezon City
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.
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.
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.
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