Wednesday, August 12, 2015

50 OFWs fall victim to Facebook-based investment scam

At least 50 overseas Filipino workers reportedly fell victim to an online scam that uses Facebook to lure unsuspecting investors to part with their hard-earned money in exchange for the promise of getting one's investment two-fold or even three-fold.

The group has filed a complaint before the PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group Princess Loa Pinuela and Anne Ramos who reportedly operated the scam using a Facebook account that suddenly became inactive, GMA News' "24 Oras" reported on Monday.

The draw of the scheme was the promise of doubling one's investment in two weeks, and getting thrice in the amount in three.

One of the victims, who was identified in the report only as Lenny, said she received her returns twice but when she invested P5,000 a third time, the Facebook account of the so-called E-150 investment scheme was suddenly deactivated.

Its operators could no longer be reached through the mobile phone numbers they gave.

Lenny said her P5,000 investment was supposed to be used for the treatment of her child who has epilepsy.

Another victim, Lourdes, alleged that she lost P50,000. She said she even had to pay other investors who she recruited into the scheme. —NB, GMA News 

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