Scammers are busy online chasing vulnerable people for cash.
According to the Bureau of Customs, online scams mostly make use of online dating apps, social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, or through phone calls, text messages, and emails.
The scammer often preys their victims by befriending them online and promising them to send a package containing gifts along with huge sums of money, the BoC said.
Bogus receipts and tracking numbers of packages are also sent to the unsuspecting victims.
Customs commissioner Isidro Lapena warned the public, especially those who are looking for love online, to be wary of unscrupulous strangers who are luring their victims with fake love and promises.
“If things are too good to be true, get out, that’s a trap,” said Lapena after receiving reports of increasing incidents of online scam.
The BoC recently received a complaint from a scammed resident of Pangasinan by an internet sweetheart who befriended and promised her of a package containing signature bags and gadgets.
The victim was duped to pay P30,000 to a certain Jenalyn Miranda for the release of the package said to be held by customs.
However, after paying Miranda via money transfer, the suspects asked for an additional of P80,000 again for the release of the package.
The BoC received a toral of 1,263 reports and inquiries on various online scams from January to September this year.
Records show that some of the names often used by the scammers are Danica Mae Chavez, James Henry, John Deck, George, Ben Anthony, Jojit Padilla, Luzviminda, Michael Wilson, Lea Gomez, Edward, Jenalyn, Karren, and Rowena.
On the other hand, the common names used as couriers are SpeedEx Cargo, Speed Cargo, Global Express Cargo, Skyline Delivery Express, Express Cargo, Blue Express, Airtrack Cargo, United Global, Alpha Blink, Sky Express, Quick Cargo, Oceanic Delivery, ABC Cargo, Unifed, Link Up Freight, ECC Cargo, ACC Cargo, and Union Cargo.