QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Online selling has become a trend as it makes shopping more convenient.
However, authorities from the Philippine National Police (PNP) Anti-Cybercrime Group warn online shoppers and sellers against bogus clients.
On Thursday (September 20), authorities nabbed two suspects who attempted to swindle an online seller in Cainta, Rizal.
The victim, who wished to be identified as alias Anjanette, recounted that the suspects were able to convince her because they previously bought items from her. Anjanette’s products were mostly shoes.
“Itong Jeffrey Tan, nag-message ito sa Facebook ko noong August 31. Nag-inquire po siya kung pwede siyang mag-resell. Siempre bilang online seller gusto ko ng reseller. Gusto ko ng client kaya tinanggap ko po, so nagpasa na siya ng mga order,” the victim said.
Anjanette said it was on the third attempt that she discovered the suspects’ modus operandi when she noticed that the two were presenting her fake bank deposit slips and no actual cash was transferred to her account.
“Over the counter receipt na malinaw naman talaga. Ganoong petsa din po at ganoong oras katulad ng sinabi niya. Pangalan ko nandoon, bank account ko nandoon, at kumpleto naman po ang detalye kaya di na namin na check sa online banking dahil mukhang tunay talaga,” she expalined.
After growing suspicious, Anjanette sought the assistance of the PNP ACG after the suspects lodged their third set of orders amounting to P72,000.
The suspects were nabbed inside a mall in Cainta, Rizal as they were about to pick up the delivered items.
They were identified as John Edgar and Peter Edison Bartolome.
The two are now facing charges of swindling and estafa.
Meanwhile, the authorities are investigating how they were able to produce fake bank receipts.
PCInsp. Joseph Arvin Villaran, chief of the Investigation Section- ACOD reminds online sellers to observe caution when transacting online.
“Pwedeng ma i-hide iyong identity ng tunay na gumagamit na tao doon po sa Facebook nila so mag ingat po tayo doon sa mga ganoong tao,” he concluded. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)