2 online scam suspects jailed

TWO online scam suspects were arrested by Philippine National Police agents in separate operations in Metro Manila on Tuesday, officials said.

One of the two identified as Malvin Kistiakowsky Tianchon, a 29-year-old resident of 9006-69 Recto Extension in Villamor Airbase, Pasay City was hold by the local police on the strength of a warrant of arrest for estafa in relation to Republic Act 10175 (Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012) issued by Judge Jose Lorenzo dela Rosa of the Pasay City Regional Trial Court Branch 117, said National Capital Region Police Office director, Major General Debold M. Sinas.

In a report to PNP chief, General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa, the official said Tianchon is a freelance businessman accused of engaging in cryptocurrency trading and of having victimized a number of persons here in the country and in Singapore.

The NCRPO chief said warrant officers from the Pasay City police led by Executive Master Sergeant Edgar Bolivar and Chief Master Sgt. Jonathan Moreno made the arrest following a tip from a concerned citizen.

The 2nd suspect identified as Kli Ban Agarrado alias ‘Marco Castro Margarico’ was arrested in an entrapment operation conducted by operatives of the PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group in his residence at Unit 1952, Tower II of SMDC Grace Residences in Taguig City past 10 p.m. Tuesday.

PNP-ACG director, Brigadier Gen. Dennis P. Agustin said Agarrado is wanted for alleged credit card fraud. The official said they found out that Agarrado reportedly made online purchases using the credit card information of complainant Cheyenne Sibal Edlagan.

The suspect allegedly obtained the complainant’s credit card information when the latter made transactions with the suspect to facilitate the payment for two units of Apple watches purchased thru the Power Mac Viber Chat Group where the suspect was identified as the Group Administrator.

Using the victim’s credit card information, the suspect allegedly made online purchases from an online retail shop. Agustin said the suspect was arrested after he received the items he purchased from a PNP-ACG agent who posed as delivery man.

Gamboa earlier warned against the surge in criminal activity committed online that were observed during the past two months under Enhanced Community Quarantine which saw a slump in traditional index crime incidents by as much as 61 percent since last March 16.