The coronavirus pandemic has been tough for everyone, but this doesn’t stop hustlers and crooks from doing their dirty work. In spite of the crisis that is affecting millions of people, there are still a lot of scams on the work, hunting for another unsuspecting victim. One of the most prevalent scam these days is the sim-swap modus, wherein scammers use the victim’s sim card to access his bank account.
Among those who were victimized by the sim-swap modus is Cassie, not her real name. In an interview with ABS-CBN News, Cassie revealed that she lost Php 100,000 from her bank account after falling victim for this scam. According to Cassie, on June 12, a person dressed up as a Globe Telcom employee visited on her condo unit.
The suspect offered Cassie to upgrade her sim card to 5G. A few days prior, Cassie lost her internet connection, so she thought that upgrading her sim will solve future internet problems. Not knowing that it was all a fraud, she agreed and gave her sim card to the suspect and he left.
“Ang guards hindi po sila nagdududa. So pagkakuha ko ng sim sabi niya ite-test out Kaya ang sagot ko ‘ah okay ‘yung number ko ba hindi mapapalitan?’ Tapos sabi niya ‘Ma’am hindi. I-a-upgrade lang po ‘yong sim yan parang trial po yan kapag binigay niyo po yung sim maa-activate namin.”
A few minutes later, Cassie received an email notifying her that someone is trying to open her bank account. Now growing suspicious, she immediately called her bank account, but due to the long wait in the queue, it was already too late. By the time she accessed her bank account, Cassie was devastated to see that more than Php 100,000 has been missing.
On the other hand, NBI Cybercrime Division chief Victor Lorenzo warned about this scam, also known as sim-swap modus. According to Lorenzo, scammers use your cellphone’s sim card in order to get the one-time pin needed to access your bank account. He advised the public to be more wary and always be vigilant.
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KC Montero, Arestado Matapos Pumunta sa Siksikang Bar sa Makati
The government is slowly easing up on the community quarantine guidelines in the Philippines. From enhanced community quarantine, the entire Metro Manila has transitioned to general community quarantine. But while the public is already embracing the ‘new normal,’ law enforcement authorities are still on the look-out for violators in public.
During the general community quarantine, while restaurants and fast-food chains are already allowed for dine-ins, the Inter-Agency Task Force claimed that they should only accommodate up to 30% of the establishment’s capacity. This way, the diners can enjoy their meal while practicing social distancing at the same time.
Earlier this week, police officers in Makati City arrested more than 100 individuals. The people were allegedly caught for violating social distancing guidelines. Among those who were taken into custody by the Makati Police is TV personality KC Montero.
In an official report, the Makati Police claimed that on Sunday, they received reports of a large crowd gathering in a bar in Salcedo Village, Makati. Upon arriving at the scene at 5:35 p.m., they witnessed hundreds of people who were allegedly not observing social distancing.
Among those who were arrested is TV host KC Montero and his wife, Casey Miller. They were spotted in a bar located on the 18th floor of a condominium in Salcedo Village in Barangay Bel-Air. After being spotted in the bar, they were crammed into police trucks and were taken into the station.
According to KC Montero, they were informed that the restaurant was open, so they went. However, they did not expect that it will be that crowded when they arrived. Furthermore, he also criticized the cops’ ways of arresting the violators:
“That’s like backwards social distancing. They arrest us for protecting us for social distancing, tapos force us to not social distance, and then put us–did you see the truck there? That’s bad.”
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Tatlong Suspek sa Karumal-Dumal na Sinapit ni Jang Lucero, Iniimbestigahan na ng Pulis
The entire nation was shocked at the gruesome crime that ended the life of a lady driver, Jang Lucero. On June 28, the lifeless body of Lucero was found in her abandoned car along the Bucal bypass road in Pasay City. THe victim sustained multiple stab wounds. Prior to this horrific discovery, she was hired by an unidentified person as a personal driver. Hours later, she turned up dead.
Lucero’s case remains shrouded in mystery, as authorities are already on the lookout for the suspects. According to police, they obtained a CCTV footage which shows that Lucero was with three passengers before she was found dead. It’s yet to be determined if the ‘booking’ was only used to lure the victim.
“Ang sinasabi nila ay nakita raw nila ‘yong sasakyan so pinapatunayan nila ‘yung theory namin na tatlo o higit pa yung gumawa noon,” says Calamba City Police Chief Lieutenant Colonel Gene Licad during his exclusive nterview with GMA News.
In addition to that, investigators also claimed that they are not ruling out the possiblity that the victim knew the perpetrators. Apparently, they have evidence to suspect that they have common friends wih Jang Lucero.
“May mga common friends sila and it appears na ito kakilala, kung hindi man ito kakilalang eksakto, mayroong mga kilala doon sa biktima na siya naman ang nag-utos dito doon sa mga sumakay,” added Col. Gene Licad.
However, the investigators were careful not to reveal too much information that may potentially stall their investigation. They are also looking into the angle of possible love triangle.
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Kris Aquino, May Sorpresa Para sa Mga Estudyante na may Online Classes
In the Philippines, thousands of students are struggling to keep up with their online classes, which is part of the ‘new normal.’ The Department of Education has put a temporary hold on physical classes in order to minimize the risk of transmission between students. Among those who are trying to make positive change is Kris Aquino.
Even though online classes are the most viable solution for education amid the pandemic, it also poses many challenge. Online classes require a stable internet connection and a reliable tablet or laptop. However, most financially-struggling students are do not have these components.
“Queen of All Media” Kris Aquino made extra effort to help those who are struggling amid the pandemic. Aside from making sizable donations, Kris announced that she will be giving away gadgets to less fortunate students, in an effort to help them cope up with their online classes.
On her Facebook page, Kris revealed that she will be giving 2-in-1 laptop to 8 lucky families. Kris claimed that by making education accessible, she aims on investing in the future of our youth, and that of the Philippines as well.
“Come what may, ano man ang pagsubok, gagawin ko ang makakaya ko para tumulong sa kapwa, para makabangon tayong muli. Home-schooling ngayon, I want to invest in the FUTURE of the Philippines. Para ito sa kinabukasan ng ating mga anak- helping their education.”
On the other hand, Kris Aquino is not the first celebrity who donated tablets and laptops to students in need. Earlier on June, Kapuso actress Heart Evangelista sold her artwork and raise funds to help struggling students. Heart donated tablets for less fortunate students which can be helpful for their online classes.
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