Online ‘scammer’ in Cebu City caught

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AN ONLINE seller who is selling non-existent merchandise has been caught by anti-cybercrime operatives in Cebu City.

Palson Kalah Peramli, also known as Dhenson Garcia, allegedly duped his customers by posting pictures of items that he did not have. These images were stolen from the internet and he passed them off as the products he was selling, investigation by the Regional Anti-Cybercrime Unit Central Visayas (Racu 7) revealed.

Police SSgt. Ronnel Jay Ocariza, investigator at the Racu 7, said Peramli is currently unemployed.

“Wala ni siyay mga baligya. Ilad rani iyahang gipang-post sa FB. Wala na daw siyay income kay nataktak sa trabaho isip merchandiser mao nga nakahunahuna aning pangilad sa social media,” Ocariza said.

(He had no items to sell. His posts on FB were all lies. He had no income because he was booted out of his work as a merchandiser, that’s why he engaged in scamming people on social media.)

Peramli was caught on Saturday afternoon, Jan. 15, 2022 in an entrapment after his victim Patrick (not his real name) reported to the Racu 7.

Patrick told investigators that he chanced upon the Facebook page of Peramli with images of dining table, dining set and other household items on sale.

The victim decided to buy a dining set worth P3,000 last Friday, Jan. 14. So, he sent a message to Peramli, who told him to pay first via electronic money transfer using the GCash app.

After sending the money, the dining set did not arrive in Patrick’s residence. Patrick repeatedly communicated with Peramli, but the suspect came up with various reasons for the failure of delivery of the non-existent items.

Thinking he was duped, Patrick reported Peramli to the Racu 7.

Patrick called the cellphone number of the GCash account, and a businesswoman answered the call. The businesswoman accepts cash in and cash out (deposit and withdrawal in traditional banking terms) for GCash in her place on Junquera St. She told the police that a man often approached him to cash out (withdraw) money sent to her GCash account.

An entrapment was then hatched by the Racu 7 operatives.

The operatives let Patrick order again from Peramli. The victim ordered another dining set worth P3,500 and sent the amount to the GCash account of the businesswoman.

The operatives had already positioned themselves in the vicinity of the businesswoman’s place on Junquera St. when Peramli arrived to claim the money. After he got the money, the police moved in to arrest him.

Ocariza said Peramli had possibly duped several others, not just Patrick. He urged them to lodge their complaints before the Racu 7.

A complaint for violating Article 315 of the Revised Penal Code (swindling/ estafa) in relation to Republic Act 10175 (Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012) will be filed against Peramli before the city prosecutor’s office. / GPL / KAL

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