The National Capital Region Police Office Chief PMGEN VICENTE D DANAO JR ordered the intensified operations against big-time scammers in Metro Manila following an information from PCOL KIRBY JOHN B KRAFT, City Director of Davao City and PRO IVA involving individuals claiming to be senior officials from the government and offering favors and various forms of assistance in exchange for money.
Relative to this, on June 30, 2021, a person of interest belonging to a group of big-time scammers who tried to victimize Davao Mayor Sarah Duterte and other Government Officials surrendered to the NCRPO.
The investigation revealed that the scammers were involved in soliciting money to be deposited in various bank accounts ( RCBC and PNB)under the name of a certain Kristian Acero, Rezelyn Nemenzo and Richard Yu , allegedly for campaign and logistical funds of Mayor Sarah Duterte in exchange of a promise of favors and other forms of assistance.
A number, 09260241365 allegedly belonging to ATTY. TRISTAN DWIGHT DOMINGO, the Assistant City Administrator of Davao City was being used in the process communicating through viber, facebook, SMS and calls to contractors and suppliers in Davao, Dumaguete, Iloilo, Laguna, Quezon, Negros Oriental, Cabanatuan City, Tarlac, Pangasinan, Cagayan, Leyte, and Baguio.
The scammers are so organized that their selected members have individual tasks assigned to them such as researchers, callers and receivers. The leaders who facilitate the selection were identified as PATRICK ORINIO CERBITO also known as PATRICK FERNANDEZ, RAMON SEGUNDO, ANTONIO CERBITO alias DUDS and ANTHONY SEGUNDO alias PAPSIE.
Around 209 government officials and other private persons and companies were targetted by the scammers who were found to be members of the CERBITO-FERNANDEZ ORGANIZED CRIME GROUP.
Further probe revealed an instance where the owner of MTP Marine Services based in Batangas was contacted by the scammers pretending to be the General Manager of the Philippine Ports Authority and asked for money in exchange of a promise of assistance for all his contracts.
This is a clear case of Syndicated Estafa and the NCRPO is working its best to track down the members of the organized criminal group.
In the mean time, NCRPO prioritizes the issuance of publication and tips on how to fight fake news, secure social media accounts, and avoid falling victim to online scams. The general public is being encouraged to be vigilant and cautious in their dealings online especially when there is money involved.
“Lubos pong nakakabahala ang paglaganap ng ganitong sindikato na ang target po ay ang mga mamumuhunan, mga tao sa gobyerno at iba pang pribadong indibidwal at negosyo na maglagak ng pera para sa mga pangako ng tulong o iba pang uri ng pabor sa kanikanilang mga transaksyon. Hinihikayat po namin ang lahat na maging mapanuri at maingat upang hindi maging biktima ng mga grupong ito.
“Ang kooperasyon ng mga nasabing miyembro sa otoridad ay isang major break through because they have been using the name of Mayor Sarah in the guise of soliciting money from different sources and they are maligning the name of our beloved Mayor of Davao City wherein ginagamit nila ang pangalan ni Mam Sarah para mangolekta ng pondo for the incoming national election, which is not true. Napakalaking bagay po na we are able to identify this people and some of them voluntarily surrendered themselves. So, we encourage others to please come out in the open para po we can file another cases against them”. Makakaasa po kayo na ginagawa ng NCRPO ang lahat upang masawata at mahuli ang lahat ng miyembro ng grupong ito sa lalong madaling panahon.” Dagdag pa ni PMGEN DANAO JR.###