FB scammers arrested

THREE alleged Facebook hackers were arrested by agents of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) XI during an entrapment operation at Palawan Express Pera Padala in Legazpi St, Monday at 4:30 p.m.

Atty. Arnold Rosales, director of NBI XI, identified the suspects as Nolly Pagas Carajasan, Jessie Reyes Suansing, and Stephanie Tagyamon, residents of 6th Avenue, Lizada street.

The victims were identified as Juanita Kam Tan and Katherine C. Neave, residents of Ladislawa village.

Rosales said a case of Estafa and violation of RA 10175 (Cybercrime Prevention Act) were already filed against the suspects on Tuesday afternoon.

The victims reported to the NBI after realizing that they were victims of scamming through the social media.

Tan told the agents that she failed to access her FB account when her password was changed without her consent and knowledge on April 15.

On the same day, Neave allegedly received a message from Tan to borrow money from her.

Neave, then believed that it was Tan who sent the message so she asked how to send her the money.

The alleged hacker then instructed Neave to send the money through a certain Ritchie Rubi. She sent the money on April 15 at 6:17 p.m. with the second money transfer on April 16 at 9:20 a.m. at Palawan Express.

Later that day, at 11:39 a.m., she sent another money transfer which was claimed by Stephanie Tagyamon. By then, Neave had already sent a total of P22,000 to the suspects.

When Neave informed Tan that she was able to send money to her, Tan was surprised since she had no access to her FB account and did not post messages asking for a loan.

An operation was then launched by the agents in coordination with the management of Palawan Express and they were able to arrest Tagyamon and Carajasan at Agdao branch around 4:30 p.m.on Monday.

Carajasan then revealed to the agents that their companion Jessie Suansing has instructed them to claim the money.

Suansing was then arrested by the agents during a follow up operation at 6th Avenue, Lizada street.

While he was arrested, he threw a piece of paper to his mother but this was recovered by the operatives.

Upon verification, the paper was a receipt of the Smart Padala payout in the amount of P10,000 which came from another victim.

Recovered during the operation were P1,000 money, receipt of Palawan Express received by Tagyamon, Philhealth and Comelec identification cards.

The suspects are now detained at the National Bureau of Investigation XI while cases are filed against them.

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