Suspect of Rent-Tangay Scam Due to Addiction to Sabong Arrested
Authorities arrested a man who is accused of the rent-tangay modus scam after allegedly being addicted to sabong in Pasay City.
A guy was arrested by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) Cavite for allegedly being involved in several crimes of fraud and theft, including rent-tangay modus. The guy is claimed to have committed the crime because he was addicted to sabong or cockfighting.
According to GMA News, the culprit was identified as Randy Lerum alias Ralph Gatdula, who was apprehended in Pasay City during a CIDG Cavite operation. According to one victim’s account, they entrusted Lerum with the automobile she and her husband had saved for rent.
According to the victim, the suspect paid the rent in cash for one month, but Lerum did not return their automobile after more than a month. They went to the agency where the suspect supposedly works and was told he was not on their payroll.
This is when they recognized they had fallen victim to the rent-stealing scheme. Meanwhile, Lerum preyed on the victim’s brother, an overseas Filipino worker.
According to the second victim’s account, the suspect sold the van on Facebook to his brother, who was looking for work in the Philippines so he could come home. They stated that they agreed because the van was inexpensive, despite the fact that there would be a bit more money in the bank.
However, after a few days, they were approached by someone identifying himself as the owner of the van, which the suspect had taken and returned to the victim. Based on the report, she found Lerum was a scammer after searching for others who posted ‘beware’ on Facebook.
When he was arrested by the CIDG on estafa and kidnapping allegations, Lerum stated that there is one of them behind it who is sponsoring their method of operation. Aside from the rent-tangay scam, the suspect has another method of operation.
According to Lieutenant Colonel Benedict Poblete of the CIDG Cavite Provincial Office, Lerum pretended to be a hotel owner and offered the victims a packed transportation service in exchange for cash. They did, however, request full money and stated that they would vanish on the day of the transaction.
The suspect did not reject the second accusation and admitted to the fraud’s motive. Cavite Police Senior Master Sergeant Jefferson Cabuloy informed the public about the Philippine National Police Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG).
“Kung ito ay second hand ay dapat hanapin natin ‘yung unang-una original OR-CR, valid ID ng registered owner at pinakaimportante pumunta tayo sa aming himpilan, sa HPG. Sa mga nagpaparenta naman po ay dapat po kilalanin natin ang nagrerenta,” he said.
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