Suspect in Online Phone Sales Scam Arrested in Butuan

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY — Police have announced the arrest of an online scam suspect who sells phones online, collects payments but does not deliver gadgets.

In a statement, the Caraga Regional Police Bureau identified the suspect as Rogelio Guirit, 23, from Ampayon village in Butuan town, who was arrested on Thursday (August 6th).

One victim, Rocky Pia, said he bought a cell phone from Guirit, who sold the merchandise through an online platform, a practice that has proliferated enormously during the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to Pia, Guirit has tricked her customers into believing her boss is based in Manila and will ship orders quickly after paying half the price of the items sold in advance.

Pia told police he advanced part of the price to Guirit through a remittance center and arranged a meeting to pay the balance and collect the item he purchased.

However, Guirit was not present and he could not be contacted anymore, Pia complained.

The police anti-cybercrime group and a police station in Butuan Town immediately monitored Guirit and set up a trapping operation.

A cell phone, matching ID cards with different addresses, matching remittance receipts, cash in the amount of P400 and a black wallet were seized from the suspect.

Guirit is temporarily detained at Butuan City Police Station 1 while a case for fraud and violation of the Cybercrime Prevention Act 2012 is being prepared against him.


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