Baguio City, Philippines – The police force in Cordillera are encouraging victims of online selling scam, love scam, or package scam to press charges against the suspects for them to be apprehended accordingly.
During the launching of the 2022 Consumer Welfare Month held recently, the Regional Director of Police Regional Office – Cordillera, Mafelino Bazar, informed that their office recorded a total of 72 scam cases from January to October 15.
Of the said cases, 43 were already tagged solved, 23 were filed before the Prosecutor’s Office and 6 are under investigation.
Most of the cases recorded are love scams, hacked accounts, and online selling scams.
Bazar advised the public to immediately block suspicious messages.
“Kung anu-anong mga offer na yan, mas maganda i-block niyo na kaagad yan. Tapos ‘pag makikipag-interact kayo, pag masyadong sweet-talking na yung kausap niyo na pinangako na pati buwan, eh i-block niyo na rin yan. Naglolokohan na tayo dyan,” he said.
To prevent the increase in such incidents, the Cordilleran police are already implementing Enhanced Anti-Cybercrime Campaign, Education, Safety and Security (E-ACCESS), and e-sumbong.
The program likewise aims to fast-track police response to scams in the region.
“Asahan ninyo po na ang inyong PNP sa Cordillera region will enforce the laws related to consumer rights protection. Inform ninyo lang kami kung nabiktima kayo sa online scam at gagawa naman kami ng paraan para ma-ensure 'yung proteksyon ninyo,” added the regional director.
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