Press Release: ANTI-CYBERCRIME COPS ZERO-IN ON CHIEF PNP POSER
The Philippine National Police warns netizens of an online poser engaged in estafa and swindling activities using a fake Facebook account purportedly owned by PNP Chief, Debold M Sinas.
The Facebook account with the name Debold Sinas (FB ID 100057952810402) with URL: https://www.facebook.com/debold.sinas.33
is a fake, thus declared PNP Chief, Police General Debold M Sinas.
“That’s not me, I do not have a personal webpage or social network account except the official PNP webpage at www.pnp.gov.ph
and the official PNP Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pnp.pio
which are the only authorized platform for social network correspondence with the Chief, PNP,” he said.
The PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group (ACG) under Police Brigadier General Marvin Manuel Pepino has been instructed to conduct a thorough investigation and to initiate appropriate legal action against the creators and owners of this fake social networking account.
According to Pepino, the bogus account had an earliest public posting on November 25, 2020 and latest public posting on December 12, 2020.
The account has only 3 public photos posted including the standard photo of the CPNP for command activities and the donning of ranks in the Malacañang Palace with President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, Pepino explained.
He added that the account is active via messenger where the suspect communicates directly to unsuspecting victims mostly asking favors while the poser makes promises to act on it in exchange for consideration/payment for his alleged personnel who will process the victim's request.
The PNP-ACG is now in the processs of securing a Court Order for Warrant to Disclose Computer Data (WDCD) for Facebook, Telecommunication Companies (TelCos) and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) based on complaint affidavits of victims/complainants or their legal representatives.
Pepino said the creator and owner of the fake account may be held liable for Computer-Related Identity Theft under RA 10175 wherein the complaining victim is th Chief PNP; and for violation of Article 315 of the Revise Penal Code for Swindling/Estafa upon the complaint of victims.
PNP Spokesperson, Police Brigadier General Ildebrandi N Usana said “the use of Chief, PNP's name, photos and other items appearing to be attributed to his person was apparently a devious act by unscrupulous individuals using the social media to malign the PNP top leadership.”
“We also advise FB account holders and the netizens to be prudent, discerning and judicious at everything they see in the social media. Some of the things seen in social media do not anymore reflect the truth and legitimacy of the information and tend to destroy the reputations of innocent individuals,” Usana said.
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