Charges filed vs ‘rent-sangla’ scam suspects

admin   •   February 22, 2017   •   4193

MANILA, Philippines — The Highway Patrol Group (HPG) Region 4A arrived at the Department of Justice (DOJ) Tuesday afternoon to formally file a complaint against the five primary suspects in the so-called ‘rent sangla’ scheme.

HPG Regional Executive Senior Police Officer PSupt Melchor Estolas said, more than 300 complainants have aired complaints against the suspects.

The suspects facing estafa are Rafaela Anunciacion alyas ‘Ella’, Anastacia Cauyan, Sabina Torrea, Tychicus Nambio and Eliseo Ely Cortez.

“For now we will file an estafa case because under the law, in an estafa case, it would be up to the fiscal to decide on how he will elevate the case,” said Estolas.

Estolas also noted that they will file cases against more suspects in the coming days after they’re investigation.

Victims of the ‘rent-sangla’ scam are now preparing documents for the immediate release of their stolen cars by the HPG.

“As it turns out, there is a process before we can get [the vehicles]. They said the bank should be the one to get it, because we are surrendering the units,” said scam victim, Leonila Galos.

Meanwhile, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has ordered the Bureau of Immigration to monitor the possible exit of the suspects from the country.

Justice Secretary Aguirre issued an immigration lookout against Ana Pamplona Borlon, Lea Constantino Rosales and Rafaela Anunciacion.

Under the said immigration lookout, all immigration officers are ordered to inform DOJ about any attempt of the said suspects to leave the country.

Meanwhile, the HPG was able to release on Tuesday one vehicle at the Camp Vicente Lim after the owner submitted the necessary documents.

The police unit was able to recover more than 400 vehicles stolen through the ‘rent sangla’ scheme. — Marje Pelayo | UNTV News and Rescue

WATCH: PNP to investigate banks possibly involved in rent-sangla scam 

BSP warns public vs holiday scams

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 11, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) has warned the public against holiday scams.

The BSP said there are 10 modes of operations that scammers usually do in order to get personal information from their victims:

  • Text scams
  • Phishing
  • Spoofing
  • Identity theft
  • Nigerian scams
  • Ponzi/Pyramiding scheme
  • Spurious investments
  • Credit card and ATM skimming
  • Budol-budol scam
  • Dugo-dugo gang

Several scammers, usually entice victims by telling them that they have won in a raffle or in a lottery.

Mhel Plabasan, Director of BSP’s Technology Risk and Innovation Supervision Department (TRISD, advises the public to be vigilant and think carefully before falling into scams.

Immediately, i-report mo doon sa financial institution kung saan ka nagme-maintain ng account. They are in the best position para i-hold or i-block muna iyong account. Tapos, magko-conduct sila ng investigation (You should immediately report it to the financial institution where you maintain your account. They are in the best position to hold or block your account. Then they will conduct an investigation), he said.

Meanwhile, Philippine National Police (PNP) spokesperson PBGen. Ildebrandi Usana also advised the public to be careful in making transactions this holiday season.

We really are appealing doon po sa ating mga mamamayan to be more prudent in dealing with someone na nakikipagkilala at probably nagbibigay ng mga messages appearing to be true pero may kaakibat na mga babayarin without them knowing it. Nagkaroon na po ng mga scams out of these (We are appealing to our citizens to be more prudent in dealing with someone who is making acquaintances and providing messages that are appearing to be true but there is a catch. There have been scams reported that are similar to this),” he said. —AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

DFA warns vs ‘travel exemption fee’ scam targeting foreigners

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 11, 2020

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Tuesday warned the public against a travel fee scam targeting foreign nationals who wish to enter the Philippines amid imposed travel restrictions.

In an advisory the DFA said they received reports of a “travel exemption fee” that supposedly allows the entry of foreign nationals into the country.

The DFA reiterated that it does not collect such fees “or any kind of fee whatsoever for the purpose of allowing foreign nationals to enter the country.”

“Foreign nationals should be guided by the latest advisory of the Bureau of Immigration as to who are allowed to enter the Philippines during the State of Public Health Emergency,” the advisory reads.

The foreign affairs department also said travel restrictions are still being implemented in the country amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. AAC

DepEd, iginiit na wala silang pa-contest para mamigay ng libreng gadget

Robie de Guzman   •   September 18, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Nagbabala ang Department of Education (DepEd) sa publiko na huwag basta maniniwala sa mga kumakalat na scam na nanghihikayat sa pagsali sa anumang contest upang mabigyan ng libreng laptop at smartphones.

Sa isang pahayag, sinabi ng DepEd na hindi ito namimigay ng gadget o libring pocket wi-fi sa pamamagitan ng anumang raffle draw o contest para sa pag-aaral ng mga estudyante.

Ayon sa kagawaran, wala itong pinapayagang grupo o indibibidwal na manghingi ng donasyon kahit nangangailangan ito ng malaking pondo para sa pagpapatupad ng bagong educational program sa gitna ng pandemiya.

Dagdag pa nito, ang mga lokal na pamahalaan at mga kumpanyang katuwang ng DepEd ang namamahagi ng gadget para sa mga mag-aaral ngunit idinadaan ito sa regional at division offices ng ahensiya.

“Ang learning continuity packages na donasyon ng LGUs at lehitimong partners ay ipinamamahagi sa mga mag-aaral at mga guro sa pamamagitan ng DepEd regional and division offices at mga paaralan,” ang wika ng DepEd.

Hinimok ng DepEd ang publiko na agad i-report ang mga scam na may kinalaman sa darating na pasukan sa Public Assistance and Action Center sa pamamagitan ng pagtawag sa 0919-456-0027 at 0995-921-8461 o kaya ay mag-email sa action@deped.gov.ph. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Dante Amento)

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