MANILA — Eighty individuals face criminal complaints for allegedly committing various forms of cybercrime from March this year, exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said Thursday.
PNP chief Gen. Guillermo Eleazar said in a statement that 121 different complaints have been filed against the 80 for various forms of cybercrime, such as spreading fake news on the internet, illegal online sale of medical supplies, and online scams.
Data from the PNP showed that from March 9 to August 9 this year, 87 complaints were filed against persons spreading fake news, 3 complaints over online scams, and 31 complaints for online profiteering, overpricing, hoarding and unauthorized selling of medical supplies.
“Patuloy ang pagtugis ng PNP sa mga walang kaluluwang pinagkakakitaan at nanamantala sa pangamba at takot ng ating mga kababayan sa COVID-19,” Eleazar said.
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