Facebook hacker poses as aunt, cons couple


A Quezon City Police District official issued a warning Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, after a couple complained that they lost more than P200,000 to someone who posed as their aunt and offered to help them land jobs in Canada. AP FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Beware of con artists posing as your relatives on Facebook.

A Quezon City Police District (QCPD) official issued this warning Tuesday after a couple complained that they lost more than P200,000 to someone who posed as their aunt and offered to help them land jobs in Canada.

McRyan Jay Cortez, a supervisor of a construction firm and his wife, Madelene, claimed that they only learned that they had been duped after they contacted their aunt who told them that she had been unable to access her Facebook account for quite some time.

“This is a case of a cybercrime perpetrated using social networking sites,” QCPD theft and robbery section chief SPO4 Alan de la Cruz told the Inquirer.

According to the couple, the con artist apparently hacked the Facebook account of Madelene’s aunt and posed as her. The “aunt” sent them messages, claiming she could help them find work overseas, particularly in Canada. She then gave them the name of a woman whom they should contact if they were interested.

The couple said that when they called the contact person, she told them to deposit P80,000 as payment for their application and visas into her account at a bank in Fairview, Quezon City, on Jan. 4.

Later on, they were asked to send P130,000 through courier service to the address of another woman who was supposedly working with their first contact.

After depositing the money, the couple were instructed by the contact person to meet her at a condominium in Mandaluyong City for their interview at the Canadian Embassy.

The couple said they followed the woman’s order but she never showed up even though they waited for four hours.

The couple then checked if the money they had deposited into the contact person’s bank account was still there but they were told that someone had already withdrawn the amount.

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  • don alto

    SUS, mga BOBITSKY!!

  • Ronilo Yap

    200 pesos lang pang verified kung legit di nagawa pero 200k pinapadala nagawa. bobins.

  • Rednaxela VD

    simple lang wag tatang-a tang-a

  • Mux

    Oh my!! I also got an “offer” by someone in Facebook but said I had to send him USD 3000 as some sort of guarantee. I played along, and even sent him a picture of a fake Western Union money transfer receipt. He says he never received the money. I then accused him of fraud and bad faith, he then had the gall to call me a “mad man” and to go away! hahaha. I scammed the scammer! :)

  • WeAry_Bat

    Maybe the bank can help. 

  • The Overlord

    Well, duh! Mga inutil naman kasi yan na mag-dedeposit when they haven’t verified the identity of their contact. Tough lesson the couple now, eh?
    Wala silang dapat sisihin kundi mga sarili nila. Remember: walang naloloko kung walang nagpapaloko.

  • mon key

    another one bites the dust . . . suckers! they should have at least called the aunt. T * N G *

  • pubringjuandelacruz

    a supervisor in a construction firm didn’t even bother to call his aunt if the offer is true. he surely can afford at least 30mins of call to Canada!

    talk is cheap – literally.

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