Man arrested for extorting former lover using nude photos

admin   •   May 5, 2017   •   5831

QUEZON CITY – The Philippine National Police urges citizens who have been victims of cybercrime to report the crime to the police.

Just like the 21-year-old woman who went to the police after experiencing trauma following an incident with her former lover.

The young woman claims that the suspect spread on social media her sensitive photos after she refused to give what his ex-boyfriend wanted.

“Hindi ko kaya ibigay ang pagkababae ko sa kanya… pag di daw ako makipagbalikan sa kanya yun daw gagawin nya sakin papatayin nya mga mahal ko sa buhay,” the victim said. (I couldn’t give myself to him. He said if I refuse to go back to him, he will kill all my loved ones.)

After receiving the report, the PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group (PNP-ACG) immediately conducted an entrapment operation against the 24-year-old suspect identified as Reynaldo Morales.

Morales was arrested in Cubao, Quezon City last Wednesday.

“Ang ifi-file natin sa kanya ay grave coercion in relation to the conversation may pananakot talaga,” PNP-ACG Spokesperson PSupt. Jay Guillermo said. (We will file charges for grave coercion in relation to the conversation. There really have been threats.)

The suspect, however, denied the allegations.

“Yung sinsabi nilang kalaswaan hindi totoo yun… hindi ako mamatay tao,” Morales said. (The lasciviousness they are talking about is not true.  I am not a killer.)

The PNP Anti-Cybercrime Unit hotline 414-1560 is open for reports on cybercrime. – Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue

Public urged not to click unverified links amid text scam surge

Robie de Guzman   •   November 24, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Justice-Office of Cybercrime (DOJ-OCC) on Wednesday called on the public to be vigilant with their transactions online.

The DOJ-OCC issued the advisory amid the surge of SMS/text scams offering dubious job opportunities.

The department advised the public to be cautious before taking up an opportunity to work offered by unknown SMS senders.

It also shared some tips to discern fraudulent job ads.

 “A fraudulent job posting will either ask the applicant to pay for application or training fees or promise high wages,” it said.

“It would also require the applicant to answer extensive personal information questionnaire that would then be used by the scammers to commit identity theft,” it added.

The DOJ-OCC also urged the public to also be wary of online messages containing links to other sites as this may be a way by scammers to steal their personal data.

“Do not click unverified links and do not give away personal information easily.

The Department of Justice – Office of Cybercrime would like to remind everyone to remain cyber safe for a happy holidays,” it said.

The National Privacy Commission (NPC) earlier said its initial probe showed that a global organized syndicate could be behind the proliferation of text scams.

The NPC said it has summoned data protection officers of local telcos, banks, and e-commerce platforms to discuss the scam text surge.

The National Telecommunications Commission has ordered telcos to send a warning to their subscribers against text scams that contain dubious job offers.


DepEd seeks help of social media companies to ban ‘online kopyahan’ groups

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Education (DepEd) has sought the assistance of social media companies to ban ‘online kopyahan’ groups.

In a statement on Wednesday (September 22), the education department said it denounces any form of academic dishonesty.

They have monitored that answers to self-learning modules (SLMs) are uploaded on Facebook groups dubbed as Online Kopyahan.

“The Department does not tolerate the perpetuation of cheating regardless of the learning delivery modality. We are now exhausting all possible means to put a stop to these activities. We have already sought the assistance of social media companies to ban these groups and prevent similar attempts of academic dishonesty that promote laziness, irresponsibility, and instant gratification,” the department said.

According to DepEd, the SLMs are used to gauge how well the students learned the lesson. The said activities are not graded, however, learners are encouraged to demonstrate what they can and cannot do without feeling obligated to always get it right The department said that online cheating demeans the quality of education it is committed to improve.

DepEd also appealed to teachers, and learners to help eradicate online cheating. AAC


On ‘Online Kopyahan’


PNP files cybercrime raps vs 80 individuals for allegedly exploiting pandemic

Robie de Guzman   •   August 12, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Thursday said it has lodged criminal complaints against 80 persons allegedly involved in cybercrimes exploiting the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

PNP chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar said the cases involved spreading false information on social media, illegal online sale of medical supplies, and online scams.

Citing PNP data from March 2020 to August 2021, Eleazar said that the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) and the Anti-Cybercrime Group (ACG) have filed 87 criminal complaints against 52 persons for proliferating fake news.

Eleazar said they were specifically charged with Unlawful Use of Means of Publication and Unlawful Utterances under Article 154 of the Revised Penal Code as amended to include Online Libel; violation of Republic Act 10175 or the Anti-Cybercrime Law; and violation of Presidential Decree No. 90, which makes rumor-mongering and spreading false information as unlawful.

Based on the reports, Eleazar said there has been an increase in the number of incidents involving the spread of fake news and unverified information about the COVID-19 pandemic on social media.

“We are appealing to the public to be discerning and wary of fake news. This is also a stern warning to all individuals or groups spreading false information on various social media platforms. We will go after you and will not hesitate to put you behind bars,” the PNP chief said in a statement.

The CIDG and the ACG also filed three criminal complaints against two alleged online scammers; and 31 criminal complaints against 26 alleged online profiteers, hoarders, and unauthorized sellers of medical supplies.

Seized from the unauthorized online sellers were: gallons of disinfectant; vitamin C capsules; forehead thermometers; facemasks; and several liters of isopropyl alcohol.

“Binabalaan ko ang mga manloloko at mapagsamantala sa kapwa na tigil-tigilan na ang ganitong gawain,” Eleazar said.

“You will face the full force of the law for your criminal activities,” he added.


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