A 26-year-old woman was arrested after allegedly running away from people she encouraged to invest in her business scam, Oscar Oida reported in Unang Balita on Tuesday.
The suspect was identified as Reanne Joy Fernandez, a former medical representative. Recovered from the suspect were some documents and P300,000 boodle money.
The entrapment operation was launched after her alleged investors accused Fernandez of fraud.
According to a complainant, Fernandez set up her own company that supplies medicine and medical supplies after getting displaced as a medical representative due to the pandemic.
According to Aaron Genove, an investor, the suspect demanded P50,000 from him and promised him a big interest in just three days.
But weeks went by, but there was no big interest returning to the investors.
According to Genove, he later found out that Fernandez had a previous record of fraud.
Fernandez did not give a statement.
Woman scammed by online seller
Meanwhile, a woman became a victim of an online seller who suddenly did not show up after being paid, according to a report by JP Soriano in Unang Balita on Tuesday.
“Mika” said she needed a bed frame, so she searched for it online. She allegedly saw the post of an online seller on Facebook.
Because she said he talked to the seller well, she was convinced to send the total payment of more than P5,000 using a mobile wallet.
The item should be delivered by December 1, but it did not arrive. When Mika tried to call the seller, she was not able to contact her.
“Binlock talaga ako kasi nung una nagri-ring ang number,” Mika said.
The seller also allegedly used the screenshot of their conversation with Mika to show that he is legitimate. Mika found out when another victim of the seller called her.
Mika is worried now because the person who scammed her knows her address and contact details.
In July, the Department of Justice-Office of Cybercrime (DOJ-OCC) reported phishing, online selling, and proliferation of information or fake news as the leading cybercrime during community quarantine in the country.