OFW loses Php 600,000 in online romance scam

Manila, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) warned the public to take caution against a scam called online romance scam.

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The warning came after members of an allegedly syndicate group taking advantage of love struck persons through an online dating scam have been arrested in a police entrapment operation, Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde said on Monday.

According to Police Chief Supt. Marni Marcos, Director of Anti-Cybercrime Group (ACG), said the suspects were operating under a fake account of a certain Joana Mae Cruz, who was in an online dating relationship with Frederick Egea, an overseas Filipino worker.

From June 2017 to September 2018, Egea reportedly was sending money to his ‘fake girlfriend’ hoping to be with her once he comes home to the Philippines.

Reports say that for over two years, the syndicate group has been asking Egea to send cash to Cruz that has totaled to Php600,000.

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“We do not engage with somebody na hindi natin kilala. That is one thing. At ‘wag tayong makipagkaibigan sa social media sa hindi natin kilala,” Albayalde said.

Albayalde also warned the public on the rise in cybercrime cases in the country, as more people have taken to social media.