Car rental scam victims continue to troop to HPG Calabarzon, NIB Tagaytay City
Posted: 2017-Feb-17 17.00.06 UTC+0800
CAMP VICENTE LIM, Laguna — Around 500 car owners who were victimized in the vehicle rental scam continued to queue on Thursday at the Highway Patrol Group (HPG) of the Calabarzon Police Regional Office (PRO4A) in this camp, hoping to process and recover their vehicles.
Of the 1,400 cars under investigation by 'Task Force Limbas' of the HPG's special operations division, around 325 are already impounded at the regional police headquarters grounds.
Police Superintendent Joel Jucutan, PRO deputy regional director, disclosed that there are now 325 vehicles so far parked at the headquarters grounds and the number could increase as more owners troop to file their complaint or identify to claim their "scammed" vehicles.
Jucutan said the HPG is preparing the appropriate charges against the suspects identified as Rafaela Anunciasion, sister Anastacia Montes and Eleanor "Ela" Rosales who were tagged to be engaged as operators in the investment scam using the rented out vehicles as collaterals.
Various models of vehicles from the sedans, medium-size cars and 2016 and 2017 luxurious sports utility vehicles (SUVs) are up for processing by the Land Transportation Office (LTO) pending investigation, and verification for proofs of ownership by the real owner-claimants who brought with them the necessary car registration documents.
HPG operatives and LTO officers are also seeking the concerned banks' cooperation in the ongoing investigation for the real owners who have availed of car loans and financing schemes.
Meanwhile, several complainants also flocked to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) – Cavite regional office in Tagaytay City where some 200 recovered vehicles are now impounded.
A fourth suspect was nabbed by police but was later released because of the absence of a warrant of arrest although HPG operatives continue their pursuit operations for the other suspects in the scam.
Many car-owners who were duped into the vehicle rental "binary" investment scam said they are now reeling from payment obligations they owed to banks and other car loan and financing entities.
Other victims hope the processing could not be delayed so they can legally rent out the vehicles by as low as P15,000 to help defray the cost and expense damage they suffered from the investment scam. (PNA)