2 suspects in online scams arrested in Taguig, Paranaque

Two men involved in online scams were arrested in separate operations in and Paranaque on Tuesday.

Philippine National Police (PNP) Anti-Cybercrime Group arrested the 22-year-old online seller, alias Marco during an entrapment for alleged credit card fraud.

PNP-ACG director Brig. Gen. Dennis Agustin said the suspect used the credit card information of his former customer to shop online. 

The suspect got the credit card details when the woman bought a gadget from him.

An ACG agent disguised as an online delivery courier to arrest the suspect.

He will face several charges, including estafa, using a fake name, using a fake document, and violating the Access Devices Regulation Act of 1998.

A 29-year-old businessman was also arrested for alleged online scams. The suspect has complaints against him in the Philippines and Singapore for his involvement in cryptocurrency trading.

Police have found alias Mel in Paranaque and arrested him with a warrant from a Pasay court released earlier this March.

He will face trial for his estafa case concerning the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.

The PNP has warned against crime and fraud using the Internet during this quarantine period despite the decrease in the country’s usual crime incidence.

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Man arrested for using fake cheque to expensive watch

A man was jailed after stealing a watch worth P1.2 million during an entrapment operation launched by authorities, Tuesday afternoon, Makati City. 

According to Makati City police chief Police Col. Rogelio Simon, the 27-year-old suspect who was identified as alias Brent and Jaime Joseph resisted when police arrested him outside a condominium in Barangay Bel-Air.

The condo’s was also arrested for helping the suspect escape.

Police said a 31-year-old Magallanes Village resident first called for help to find the thief who stole his wristwatch.

The victim told police he sold the watch to the suspect through an online selling app on May 4.

The victim discovered that the manager’s cheque paid by alias Brent was fake.

Apart from the watch, police also recovered a 40-caliber gun and IDs with the same face but different names from the suspect.

The suspect is charged with theft, disobedience, direct assault of an agent of a person in authority, concealing of a real name, and violation of the Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act.