Globe Telecom, the Philippine National Police, and the National Bureau of Investigation have arrested and charged 65 alleged cable thieves and fraudsters as the drive against such illegal activities continues to intensify.
Twelve individuals were apprehended and are now facing prosecution for Estafa due to illegal recontracting and subscription fraud, 31 for illegal sale of WiMax Modems, and 20 for cable theft.
Atty. Froilan Castelo, Globe General Legal Counsel, said the cases should serve as a warning that Globe, in close coordination with the help of the PNP and NBI, remains relentless in pursuing its campaign against all types of fraud that can put the company’s name in bad light and negatively affect legitimate Globe customers.
Castelo also advised Globe customers to be wary of unscrupulous persons who may lure them with cheap prices for Globe products and services or shorter-term subscription period but may cause them a lot of problems in the end.
“We encourage everyone to only transact with legitimate sellers and distributors or go directly to any of the numerous Globe Stores to ensure that they only get quality services and after-sales support. And to those who have already fallen victim to illegal activities including cyber fraud, Globe will not hesitate to bring the perpetrators to justice,” he said.
Castelo said that part of its security enhancement program, Globe has installed the most-advanced closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras in all Globe Stores nationwide. CCTV recordings will be used to present evidence in police investigations and legal prosecution against fraudulent activities such as identity theft where impostors steal personal information and assume the identity of other people for personal gain.
Castelo added, “We would like to assure the public especially our customers that cybercrime investigation is now equally sophisticated and can yield results that will hopefully prevent similar occurrences from happening”.