'Nude photos for new phone?' PNP warns parents vs modus enticing children

Maan Macapagal, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 08 2019 10:52 PM

MANILA - The Philippine National Police Anti Cybercrime Group (PNP-ACG) has warned the public, especially parents, about an online modus enticing young girls to send nude photos in exchange for brand new gadgets.

A 31-year-old mom, "Alice," monitors her 12-year-old daughter’s social media accounts. Her cellphone was also logged into her daughter’s messaging account.

One time, her daughter said she needed to chat with somebody because she would allegedly get a brand new iPhone.

She gave permission knowing she would be present during the videochat.

“Iniisip ko naman baka promo sa Facebook na giveaway talaga o kaya mga online seller. Pinayagan ko given na nandoon ako sa tabi niya while doing the video chat,” Alice said.

During the video chat, Alice said she was alarmed when the person asked her daughter to move away from the camera.

“Sinasabi sa chat na ‘move away from the camera so I can see your shoulders’. Sabi ko kung video chat bakit wala akong naririnig na boses.

"'Sabi ko stop na, stop na, hindi na yan totoo.' Iba na ang kaba ko noon. Inagaw ko na ang cellphone, tuloy tuloy ang messages and sabi ‘pull up your shirt so I could see your waist’."

"Nag-message ako, why do you need to measure her shoulders?” Alice shared.

She posted the incident on Facebook and received a lot of comments from other victims.

“Napansin ko hindi ordinaryong modus ito, so ikinalat ko siya agad sa social media, baka may iba pang biktima. Nagulat ako sa post ko nag-trending siya, may messages ako natanggap na other victims din,” Alice said.

“Nakakatakot kasi ang mga kabataan ang mundo nila, diyan na lang gumagalaw eh, given pa yung mga magulang na subsob sa mga trabaho medyo kulang sa guidance ang mga bata, gullible sila sa ganitong mga modus,” she added.

Jamila (not her real name) is a 13-year-old student who was victimized by the same modus.

“Lumabas lang siya sa newsfeed ko and may nakalagay na free iPhone, tapos minessage ko po siya kase po naengganyo po ako. Marami rin pong katulad ko na nagko-comment sa mga post niya na humihingi tapos ipi-PM (private message) daw po siya,” Jamila said.

During the videochat, she was instructed to take off her clothes.

“Pinahubad niya po ako para sukatin daw ang buong katawan ko. Nagtaka po ako, nagtiwala po ako sa kanya kasi babae po siya,” Jamila said.

Another male also appeared in the video chat and asked her to do obscene acts.

Jamila said she never got the iPhone that was promised and was blocked from the chat.

PNP-ACG Women and Children Cybercrime Chief Police Colonel Alejandrea Silvio said they have received numerous reports from parents about similar incidents.

“Marami kaming natatanggap na report hindi lang dito sa Camp Crame kundi sa mga regional offices namin. Maraming nagpupunta doon na mga magulang na sinasamahan ang mga anak nila na babae, pinakabata is 10 years old.

"Tinuturuan sila paano gawin. Lalo doon sa 10 years old hindi niya alam kung anong gustong material ang hinihingi, ang sabi sa kanya gawin mo yung parang itsura ng nanganganak,” Silvio said.

Silvio said gadgets were promised to lure children.

“Pang-lure lang after na makuha nila ng gustong pornographic materials mag sha-shutoff na iyon sa kanya,” Silvio said.

“Pwede itong pang-trade sa pornographic materials, may bago ako dito pero bigyan mo rin ako ng material mo o di kaya ibebenta nila o pang-blackmail, i-eextort,” Silvio added.

“May iba naman ang ino-offer para maengganyong magbigay ng pornographic materials, yung iba recruit sila pwedeng pang-model, 'uy maganda ka, maganda ang katawan mo, pwede kang pang-model pero kailangan me pre-screening muna, para kung umoo sila sa binigay mong materials, kontakin ka namin,” she added.

The PNP-ACG reminded parents to monitor their children’s social media activities.

Authorities have launched an in-depth investigation on the issue.