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Cybercops arrest porn blackmailer

  • Written by Alfred P. Dalizon
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A MAN who posed as a woman to lure a young student into sending him her naked pictures which he later used in blackmailing the teenager was arrested by agents of the Philippine National Police Anti-Cybercrime Group (PNP-ACG).

PNP-ACG director Chief Supt. Marni Marcos Jr. identified the suspect as Noel Rianzares, 22, of Pasay City.

The suspect’s arrest prompted Marcos to warn internet users anew to be extra careful in dealing with fellow netizens, specifically in sending photos showing them in compromising situations.

Marcos said Rianzares used the naked pictures sent to him by the victim to demand money or he would  upload the sensitive photos on internet.

“I would like to warn our netizens to be extra careful in determining the real identities of the people you are dealing with in the internet so as not to fall victims of criminals who are trolling cyber space to look for their next victims,” he said.

The official said that in coordination with the Taytay Municipal Police Station, a team of ACG “cybercops” led by Sr. Insp. Errol Lloyd Adia arrested Rianzares when he claimed at a Smart Money Padala branch on Saudi St.,  Bgy. Pagaga, Taytay the P4,000 sent by his 19-year-old victim.
    
The entrapment operation was launched after the victim identified through her alias “Eva” of Marikina City went to the PNP-ACG headquarters to file a complaint against the suspect.
    
The teenager said that she was offered tickets for admission to the Entertainment Complex of Star City in Pasay City by the suspect, whom she thought was a woman, at a big discount. “Eva,” who has been doing some buy and sell transactions online. had hoped to sell the same at a profit and sent the suspect P1,500 through money transfer.
    
However, when the tickets failed to arrive at her home address, the victim contacted the suspect who promised to send the tickets only if “Eva” sends him her nude pictures.  The glib-tongued suspect eventually convinced the victim to send him some of her compromising photos.
    
Marcos said that after getting the naked pictures, the suspect blackmailed “Eva” and demanded an additional P4,000 via money transfer or he will upload her nude pictures on Facebook.
    
Fearful of the effect of the nude pictures on her reputation, “Eva,” accompanied by her mother, went to the ACG in Camp Crame to complain about the porn threat.
    
Marcos ordered the sting after hearing the victim’s story.  “May the experience of Eva, however unfortunate, be a lesson to our netizens to be especially wary when transacting business or even just surfing in the internet,” the official said.
    
The suspect is being held at the PNP-ACG detention facility  in Camp Crame.