Police Arrests 2 Scammers for Victimizing Helpless Online Sellers
SCAMMERS – The police authorities have arrested two out of five scammers for victimizing the helpless online sellers.
The two suspects have been caught on camera carrying boxes they stole from an online seller in Tondo, Manila. According to the police authorities, the boxes contain COVID antigen test kits worth P300, 000.
The cops reported that the suspects are contacting online sellers to be their victims. They were using dummy accounts and give a certain address to lure their victims. The culprits will steal the goods during meetup.
The scammers were pretending as agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) to confiscate the goods. The cops reported that five suspects were involved on the incident but only two have been arrested during a follow-up operation.
The suspects have been identified as Mark Benjo Macapagal and Jeremiah Cruz. The victim identified them as the scammers who stole its products. The authorities seized the stolen antigen kits on their house.
The scammers have pending robbery cases in Bacoor, Cavite. The suspects refused to give a statement regarding the incident and denied the allegations against them. Cruz and Macapagal will face charges of robbery and usurpation of authorities.
The police will also launch another follow-up operation to arrest the remaining suspects. The cops reminded the public to be more vigilant and take precautionary measures when having transactions.
“Ang mahalaga lang diyan kapag lehitimo ‘yan, unang-una magpapakita ‘yan ng identification card kung lehitimo ‘yan, kapag may mga ganyang oeprasyon sisiguraduhin mong may mga nakauniporme din diyan at may marked vehicle din diyan,” MPD PIO P/Maj. Phillipp Ines said.
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