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  • Writer's pictureAnnabelle Mamattong

Baguio warns students, tourists to beware of boarding house scammers

Updated: Aug 10, 2022

Baguio City, Philippines – Baguio Local Government Unit released a warning to tourists and students looking for boarding or lodging houses in the city to make sure that they are transacting with the real owners or owner-authorized agents of accommodations establishment to avoid getting scammed online.

A report of Regional News Group-Luzon earlier said an alleged transient house owner in Baguio city was caught after one of his five victims sent a complaint to the Regional Anti-Cybercrime Unit-Cordillera (RACU-CAR).

RACU-Cordillera relayed the scammer pretended to be an agent or a co-owner of an accommodation establishment (AEs) copying downloaded photos and information from the original source.

The suspect used Facebook as a means to lure victims looking for a transient or boarding house around the city.

When a victim contacts the suspect and selects a room, RACU-CAR said, the suspect asks for a reservation fee or down payment through Gcash and then immediately blocks the victim’s social media account after getting the money.

RNG-Luzon disclosed the suspect faces a criminal violation of RA 10175 or the cybercrime prevention act of 2012.

Verify first before dealing with boarding, lodging house owners

RACU-Cordillera reminds the public to make verifications before transacting with owners of accommodation establishments being shown online.

“I-sure niyo na hangga't maaari na yung mga totoo o legitimate na mga transient house or boarding house owners. Puwede naman po nating i-check yung mga authorized, like yung mga may totoong business permit sa city natin and yung mga page ay hindi masyadong klaro kasi kung totoo ba na page nila yun o hindi,” said PMAJ Annie Carmel Comising, Assistant Chief of RACU-Cordillera.

In addition, the city government appealed to tourists and students to negotiate ONLY with accommodation establishments listed under

The Permits and Licensing Division can help with the verification of the registered owner/s just call their PLD numbers 619-3184.


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