CCPO to public: Beware of ‘post office’ scam

THE Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) warns the public to beware of another mode of fraud where persons introducing themselves as employees of the Philippine Postal Office call their intended victims to inform them that there is a parcel under their name containing illegal documents.

Colonel Ireneo Dalogdog, CCPO director, said a judge in Tarlac had told him that he received such a call.

The judge said he was told there was a package in his name bound for Thailand and that it contained passports and ATM cards that are strictly prohibited in both countries.

The person on the other line said the police was already there and they were suggesting that the judge was also involved in money laundering.

The caller then asked the judge to send P5,000 through GCash to verify that he was not involved in the illegal activity.

The judge did not fall for the ruse, but had he sent the money the caller would then ask for another P10,000 to process his bail.

According to Dalogdog, many people in Cebu and other parts of the country have already fallen victim to this modus.

The CCPO director urged the public to immediately report to the police if they receive a similar call.

He said they are already coordinating with the Regional Anti-Cybercrime Unit Central Visayas to trace the numbers of the callers.

However, Dalogdog admitted that the caller would be difficult to trace if the latter used a prepaid SIM pack.

The Police Regional Office Central Visayas has already called on people to beware of online scammers, especially with Christmas approaching. (AYB, PJB)