MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs warns Filipinos against the devious groups and individuals to internet love scams, wherein it involves asking for money under the pretext of love.
The embassy reported three cases involving Filipino women and a Malaysian man who were deceived by supposed lovers they met through chat rooms and Facebook.
There was a case of a Hong Kong based Filipina who said she met an alleged Malaysia-based Briton in a social networking site and became her fiancée two months after.
“With their series of conversations on the internet and with promising words of this alleged Briton, the Filipina sent huge sums of money to him. The Briton was not heard from since,” the embassy said in a statement issued by the DFA.
Two other Filipinas were also tricked by an alleged Malaysian-based Translink Express Courier, who had asked them to claim alleged parcels from their supposed lovers held up at the Customs office. Despite sending several amounts of money through Western Union, they weren’t able to get anything.
Another case was a male Malaysian national who was also duped by an alleged Filipina named Yukico Raro and Kico Taro through Facebook and Skype.
“Accordingly, the woman, who is very attractive, constantly contacted the Malaysian national through his Facebook account. As time went on, the two did intimate acts through webcam,” the embassy said. The Filipina secretly recorded him and asked to send her money or else the video of “his indecent acts” would be uploaded on YouTube.
“These Internet scams are just a tip of the iceberg, and there may possibly be more which have not been reported,” the embassy further stated.
The agency said that information was already given to the Philippine National Police and to the Royal Malaysia Police for further action.
Ma. Jane Cyres Caing
LNU ABCom Intern