Online scams

July 08, 2020

IT’S a long-time problem that continues to victimize countless people, particularly those living in far-flung communities across the Philippines, and worry concerned government authorities.

Admittedly, “online scams” are perpetrated by “highly-enterprising” but “unscrupulous” individuals, who use the many wonders of modern technology to enrich themselves.

Recently, these modern-day scammers used the name of the Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost), a government-owned and controlled corporation, to hoodwink their intended victims.

In fact, PHLPost has received a number of inquiries and complaints involving online messages received from a fictitious website (www.parceltrackandtracing.com).

PHLPost warned the public to be cautious of “online scams.” Coming from the fictitious website, a text message is sent to the supposed beneficiary of a shipment of an electronic gadget.

But the recipient of the gadget, an Apple iPhone 11 which is ready for delivery, must cough up a shipping fee of P19.00. More often than not, the supposed gadgets do not exist, said PHLPost.

It urged the public to disregard messages sent through the said website, pointing out that “PHLPost does not have an active “online promo” where the public can get free electronic gadgets.

At the same time, the government-owned corporation reminded the public not to disclose any personal information, particularly bank or financial data, to the “online scammers.”

Perhaps, concerned authorities should look deeper into the “online scams” considering the still mushrooming number of Filipinos using cellular phones and other electronic gadgets.

“Online scammers,” like the ordinary criminals and thieves in government uniform, ought to rot in jail.