April 25, 2024 Alfred P. Dalizon 144 views

A WEEKLY increase in cases of online selling scams this month has been noted by the Philippine National Police Anti-Cybercrime Group prompting it to warn the public anew to be extra-cautious when dealing with sellers or buyers in the web.

Records showed that there were a total of 165 online scams reported at the PNP-ACG this month with 47 during the 1st week, 55 in the 2nd week and 63 in the 3rd week.

PNP-ACG director Major General Sidney Hernia explained that increased online activity and the advancement of technology are some of the reasons why online sales scams increase.

“People diverted to online shopping instead of going to the mall. The rise in e-commerce and online platforms provides scammers with more opportunities to perpetrate their schemes,” he said.

An online selling scam typically involves fraudulent schemes carried out through online platforms where scammers pose as legitimate sellers to deceive buyers.

Scammers may advertise products online, often at significantly discounted prices, but either send counterfeit or inferior-quality items or never send anything at all after receiving payment.

“Beware of deals that seem too good to be true. Do not pay unless you verify the accuracy of the items you purchased. Always take your time and consider every decision carefully, ensuring confidence in your choices,” Maj. Gen. Hernia said.