PNP warns of ‘Tokhang’ robocall scams

admin   •   September 21, 2018   •   4011

 

A number of telephone subscribers have complained about receiving a robocall or a phone call that uses computerized autodialer to deliver the pre-recorded message: “Paalala. Ito ang departamento ng pulisya ng lungsod. Para sa iyong kaalaman nasangkot ka sa isang nakabinbing kaso ng iligal na droga. Pindutin ang number 1 upang marinig muli ang mensahe at number 9 upang ilipat ang tawag sa opisyal ng pulisya. Salamat.”

The robocall claims to come from the Philippine National Police (PNP). A prerecorded female voice would urge the recipient to press the number 9 to talk to a police officer about their alleged involvement in a drug case.

The person posing as an officer on the other line will allegedly order the victim to pay a certain amount of money or ask for personal information such as bank details in order to clear their name from the list of “narcos”.

The same robocall was received by the head sector relations of Globe Telecommunications.

“Ako mismo nakatanggap ako. Two days ago on the way to a meeting with NDRRMC. Nakatanggap ako ng call mismo. It was the recording. Yung female voice telling me to press 1 or press 9” said Globe Telecom Inc. Sector Relations head Robert Bobby Aquino.

But the PNP clarified that its Oplan Tokhang does not use robocall, but rather, police officers who personally visit the residence of the person suspected of being involved in illegal drug use or trading.

The PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group said this is a type of telephone fraudulent scheme that evolved from the text method used by scammers to extort money.

Due to mounting complaints, the PNP-ACG reached out to the management of giant telecommunications company in the country to discuss and agree on ways to counter the fraudulent scheme.

“We can alert our internal fraud teams and we will discuss and see how can this be mitigated or prevented,” said PLDT Inc. 15 Inter-carrier Transactions and Proceedings Division Head Senior Associate Atty. Juan Antonio Lopez.

“Ang recommendation ko is to come up with an advisory right away to our customers about this new scheme siya, pero old fraud method ito para ma-educate ang customers about this,” said Aquino.

The PNP ACG also calls on the public to remain vigilant and to immediately report to authorities when they encounter such or similar fraudulent schemes.

“Sa mga nabibiktima kung puwede po ay mag report sila sa PNP-Anti Cybercrime Group. Doon naman po sa nakarecieve pa lang ng tawag, kung maari po ‘wag nyo na lang sagutin kasi kung importantenaman po ay magtetext naman po yun. Hindi rin naman po puwedeng tawag lang at text ang Tokhang natin. Pupunta po ang kapulisan sa mga bahay kung totokhangin po tayo,” said Investigation Section – ACOD chief PCInsp Joseph Arvin Villaran. — Lea Ylagan

Ombudsman junks CIDG petition vs Abayalde anew

Maris Federez   •   November 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Office of the Ombudsman has rejected anew the motion filed by the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) seeking the reversal of the decision to acquit former PNP chief Police General Oscar Abayalde of graft charges filed against him.

In its resolution, the Ombudsman said the CIDG’s motion still lack sufficient evidence that will pin down Abayalde to the case.

The resolution added that the CIDG did not submit new arguments that will prove the involvement of the retired general in the case.

The CIDG filed graft charges against Abayalde for his alleged involvement in the anomalous drug operation of police authorities in Pampanga in 2013. —/mbmf

NTC, makikipag-ugnayan sa PNP at NBI para matunton ang nasa likod ng text scams

Robie de Guzman   •   November 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Makikipag-ugnayan ang National Telecommunications (NTC) sa pulisya at sa National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) para imbestigahan ang mga nasa likod ng text scams.

Ito ay kasunod na rin ng mga reklamo ng ilang mobile subscribers ukol sa natatanggap nilang mga text messages mula sa mga ‘di kilalang phone numbers na nag-aalok ng trabaho, o kaya ay pautang.

Ayon sa NTC, maraming paraan para makuha ang phone number ng isang indibiduwal na pinapadalhan ng spam texts.

Kabilang na dito ang listahan ng mga number na nagpapaload sa mga tindahan at sa contact tracing system ng mga establisimyento.

Pero giit ni NTC deputy commissioner Edgardo Cabarios, ipinagbabawal ang pagbibigay ng impormasyong ito sa ibang tao at paggamit rito para sa text scams.

“We can coordinate perhaps with NBI at police para surveillance, ano, ma-determine sino yung mga yan—grupo ba sila or individual, et cetera, et cetera,” ani Cabarios.

Payo ng NTC sa publiko, huwag magbigay ng personal na impormasyon kung makakatanggap ng mga ganitong mensahe.

Maaari namang i-block ng NTC ang phone number ng mga gumagawa ng ganitong aktibidad kung hihilingin ng mga magrereklamo.

Kung makakatanggap ng text scams, maaari itong ireport sa NTC Central Office Consumer Welfare and Protection Division sa mga numerong (+63) (02) 8920-4464; (+63) (02) 8926-7722; at (+63) (02) 8921-3251.

Maaari ding magpadala ng mensahe sa e-mail address ng NTC na consumer@ntc.gov.ph. (Mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)

Eleazar orders nighttime patrols for holiday carolers

Robie de Guzman   •   November 11, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Outgoing Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Guillermo Eleazar on Thursday directed police personnel to begin nighttime patrols after the government approved the conduct of street caroling this holiday season.

In a statement, Eleazar said the patrols should be conducted to ensure the security and safety of carolers.

“Inatasan ko ang ating kapulisan na mag-umpisang magsagawa ng mga patrolya tuwing gabi para sa seguridad ng mga nangangaroling at para na rin siguraduhing sumusunod sila sa health protocols,” he said.

Eleazar also urged the public to continue observing health protocols and to not be complacent amid declining COVID-19 cases in the country.

“Kahit pa bumababa ang kaso ng COVID-19, hindi ito dahilan upang maging kampante at magpabaya sa pagsunod sa minimum public health standards,” he said.

The Department of Health earlier said that carolers must wear face mask and face shield as individuals expel more respiratory particles when singing, posing the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

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