Online scam still gets the most number of walk-in complaints received and investigated by the PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group (ACG).
According to ACG Acting Director, Police Senior Superintendent Marni C Marcos Jr., the group has investigated a total of 555 online scam cases from 2016 up to present which falls under the Article 315 of the Revised Penal Code or Swindling (Estafa). 44 of the 555 total online scam cases covers the period of year 2017 up to present.
On the other hand, 522 cases are recorded under online libel, 226 under online threat, 202 under anti-photo and video voyeurism, 197 under computer related identity theft, and 127 under hacking all dated from 2016 up to present.
Other cases investigated by PNP-ACG based on walk-in complaints are unjust vexation, sextortion, atm and credit card fraud, child abuse, illegal access, child pornography, and RA 9262.
“With the increasing number of Internet users there is also an increase in the opportunity for cyber criminals to do their illegal online activities.” said ACG Acting Director PSSupt Marcos.
Back in 2013 to 2015, the PNP ACG recorded a total of 1211 cases that represents the number of cybercrime complaints received and investigated by the Group.
The online scam complaints were reported by victims of online buying/selling, paluwagan, investment, pyramid and other forms of online fraud.
In order to address the increasing number of cybercrime, victims of illegal online activities or targets of suspicious online messages are encouraged to report the incidents to the PNP ACG for proper evaluation and investigation.