MANILA - Police has arrested two men for allegedly faking bank deposit slips to show that they have supposedly remitted payment to an online seller.
The suspects were identified as brothers John Edgar and Peter Edison Bartolome who allegedly scammed Anna, not her real name, an online shoe seller who gets her stock from suppliers in Greenhills and Divisoria.
She said she received a Facebook message from a certain Jeffrey Tan asking if he could be an online reseller.
It was during their second transaction that Anna noticed the bank receipts were fake because the money was not reflected in her account.
“Over-the-counter receipt na malinaw naman talaga, ganong petsa din po at ganong oras katulad ng sinabi niya, pangalan ko andon, bank account ko andon, at kumpleto naman po 'yung detalye kaya di na namin chineck sa online banking dahil mukhang tunay talaga,” Anna said.
(It was a clear over-the-counter receipt which has the same date and time he told me, my name was there, my bank account was there, and the details were complete that's why we didn't check in online banking because it looks authentic.)
When the suspects placed a third order amounting to P72,000, Anna decided to ask help from the police.
During the entrapment operation, police arrested the brothers while in the act of receiving the delivered goods in a mall in Cainta, Rizal.
The Philippine National Police Anti-Cybercrime Group (PNP-ACG) reminded online sellers to be careful in conducting business transactions on social media and to check if the money deposited is reflected in their bank account before releasing the goods.
“Puwedeng ma-hide yung identity ng tunay na gumagamit na tao don po sa Facebook nila so mag-ingat po tayo don sa mga ganong tao,” said Chief Insp. Joseph Arvin Villaran, chief of the PNP-ACG investigation section.
(The identity of the person using the Facebook account could be hidden. Let us be vigilant with those kinds of persons.)
The suspects will be charged with swindling and estafa.
The PNP-ACG is investigating how the suspects were able to fake the bank receipts as they had a good replica. Even the fonts were exactly the same as those on the real ones.