Mon. Oct 14th, 2019
Facebook Scam

PH Consulate General in Milan Warns OFWs Against Facebook Scam

Philippine Consulate General in Milan warns about this new modus where relatives of Filipino overseas workers are targeted using their Facebook accounts.

“Pinapayuhan po natin ang publiko na maging maingat at iwasang buksan ang mga kaduda-dudang posts sa Facebook wall or mensahe sa FB messenger na galing sa mga taong hindi kilala lalo na yung may links na binubuksan,” ayon sa babala ng Konsulado.

The warning happened after several Filipino workers reported in a Filipino Community group or Associazione Culturale Filippina del Piemonte about their Facebook accounts being hacked. Added that the hacker is able to ask money from their relatives pretending to be them.

In a statement, the consulate said that the hacker will send a link to the Facebook messengers’ of the Facebook friends of the OFW’s victim. And by clicking that link, the hacker will then be able to access the owner’s account.

After this, the hacker/scammer will then pretend as the owner of the account and asked money from his/her relatives, saying that it’s an emergency. Of course, the hacker/scammer will contact the relatives in the middle of the night to make the ’emergency situation’ believable.

“Ginagamit po nila ang aming account upang makautang o mag-alok ng negosyo sa mga kamag-anak namin at binibigyan po nila ng GCash barcode na ipapakita sa 7/11 upang doon ipasok ang pera sa GCash na ‘di po alam ng mga biktima ang name ng pinagdalan ng pera,” said one of the OFW victims, Floriza Samonte.

Added that the scammer was able to collect up to P37,000 from her relatives in the different parts of Batangas and Laguna.

“Ang modus operandi po niya ay magpopost sa profile na nanghihikayat kung sino ang gusto ng extra na income sa Pilipinas, i-message daw agad. Pagkatapos niya magawa yun, magme-message siya sa mga friends ko sa Pilipinas na magtatanong kung may 7-11. Papaloadan daw siya para sa roaming at every P1,000 ibabalik ng P1,350. Ngayon, ibibigay niya ng barcode ang tao na valid lang for 30-mins. At ipapabayad sa 7-11 thru GCash,” explained Jenny Vasquez, one of the victims also. According to her, the scammer was able to get P18,000 from her FB friends in Pasay City.

The two along with the other victims already reported the scamming incident to Gcash and the company to investigate it.

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