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NBI in Negros Oriental uncovers modus operandi on social media

DUMAGUETE — The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in Negros Oriental has uncovered a modus operandi that is being patronized using the social media, particularly in the "bid for me" section using fictitious names and addresses.
At least 25 victims sought the help of the NBI after they were victimized by an invitation to rent a house in Motong, Dumaguete that is posted in Facebook.
The monthly rental was very enticing, prompting the readers to visit the place and immediately pay the down payment of P5,000 while some paid P10,000 only to find out that the house is still being occupied.
NBI special investigator Contesa Lastimoso said the offer was so enticing because it was very difficult to find a fully furnished house with a monthly rental of only P5,000, complete with all the utilities, free electricity, free Wi-Fi, free cable and fully air-conditioned and with a television set.
Initial investigation showed that the house claimed by the suspect as for rent was not available.
Lastimoso said the house owned by the entire family of the suspect Pilarica Caballero already has occupants since a long time ago up to the present.
The NBI special agent also found out that Caballero is facing several complaints before the barangay for misrepresentation.
Fifteen of the more than 20 victims are preparing a complaint against Caballero through the NBI for violation of Article 315 of the Revised Penal Code for estafa.
Two of the complainants are foreign nationals who already filed a complaint before the city prosecutor's office, while expecting more are expected to do the same.
Receipts issued to the complainants included old receipts not registered with the Bureau of Internal Revenue including receipts that can be bought from a department store.
One victim who is Tagalog-speaking said he paid P10,000 as advance without any doubt that it was a scam because he believed the people in the city are gentle.
In another incident, a certain Kenneth Drilon Flores, 18 years old, single, resident of Sto. NiƱo road, Banilad reported to the police last week that she ordered an iPhone 6 through the Bid for Me page on Facebook from a certain Galenie Palasigue Hitalla, with residence in Taytay, Rizal via online transaction.
She sent P14,000 cash to Hitalla through the bank while the suspect promised to send the iPhone through a local courier.
However, months have passed but she has not received any iPhone.
She was told that the iPhone 6 intended for her was sent to another person. (PNA)
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Last Modified: 2017-Sep-19 23.31.24 UTC+0800