Smart, Sun facilitate arrest of 2 telecom fraudsters, step up efforts against scams PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 02 October 2014 11:44

Three Filipinos were recently nabbed by the Philippine National Police (PNP) for attempting to subscribe to mobile postpaid plans of Smart and Sun Cellular using falsified documents.

Arrested during separate entrapment operations led by the PNP, and Smart and Sun officials, were ADER DEL ROSARIO Y DENIEGA alias Paul Ducusin Valera, JULIE ROSE DE OCAMPO Y MANINGAT alias “Maria Angelica Merres”, and MICHAEL FIERE Y ENFANTADO alias “Marc Anthony Alcones”, “Allan Orpresio.”

Del Rosario was apprehended at the Smart Store in SM Manila, while de Ocampo  and  Fiere  were accosted at the Sun Cellular Shop in Shangri-La Edsa Plaza Mall, after the suspects’ fraudulent activities which included the use of bogus IDs and registration documents.

Police have recommended the filing of charges against the three individuals for swindling using fictitious name and concealing true name and falsification of public documents. The three are now detained as the filing of criminal charges is ongoing.

As part of its ongoing campaign to address telco scams, officials of Smart and Sun Cellular continue to work closely with the PNP for the identification and entrapment of fraudsters and other unscrupulous individuals.

These measures complement the organizations’ sustained efforts to protect mobile subscribers, which involve a massive information campaign on how users can detect and prevent text and pasaload scams.

Both companies have also recently introduced security features to their mobile load services to deter ‘pasaload’ scammers, who mislead subscribers into transferring load credits to them by way of bogus promos or discounts. Under the new system, Smart and Sun Cellular subscribers are required to confirm “pasaload” requests to ensure they are aware of such transactions.