Police trace culprits behind PNP chief’s fake FB accounts

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The Philippine National Police (PNP) has already identified certain persons suspected to be behind the “poser” Facebook accounts illegally assuming the identity of PNP chief. Gen. Camilo Gascolan and engaging in illegal activities.

“We already have their names and we have called for them, and if we are able to prove that they have been using these accounts for illegal activities most especially the use of my name, we will arrest them and file cases against them,” Gen. Cascolan told media reporters.

Cascolan clarified that he has no Facebook account and also advised those involved in such activities to stop using his name and to return the money they extorted from their victims.

“First, I have a Facebook page but I do not have a Facebook account. Second, to those engaging in illegal activity and extorting money using my name or a fake Facebook account under my name, remember that you cannot hide easily because our people in the Anti-Cybercrime Group are good will go after you. Stop your acts and return the money you swindled,” he said.

PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group (ACG) director Brig. Gen. Marvin Manuel Pepino said the three flagged Facebook poser accounts have been identified under the account names: “Camilo Pancratius Pikoy Cascolan,” “Camilo P Cascolan,” and “Camilo Cascolan,” misrepresenting the page as owned by the PNP chief.

The ACG has initiated an investigation and case buildup on the activities of persons behind the identified bogus Facebook accounts and requested the social networking giant to take down these pages to prevent possible further illegal activities.

Facebook’s Law Enforcement Outreach manager Rob Abrams confirmed to the PNP-ACG that they already disabled all the three poser accounts.

“These fake accounts have been active in social networks enticing Facebook users to donate funds purportedly to purchase computer tablets for students in urban poor communities for online classes,” Pepino said.

Pepino also said four persons of interest have been summoned to appear before the Regional Field Units of Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) as part of ongoing investigations into into the case.

Those behind the fake Facebook accounts may face criminal charges for violation of Sec. 4 (b) 3 of Republic Act 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, for identity theft; and Article 315 of the Revised Penal Code for Swindling or Estafa (Online Scam), Pepino explained.

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