February 9, 2023

Filipino Guardian

Sentinels of Filipino Free Press

Police officers arrest a Nigerian Pinay partner for alleged involvement in love scams

A Nigerian national and his Filipino partner have been arrested on a warrant for alleged fraud and Estafa in connection with the Cybercrime Prevention Act 2012, according to Emil Sumangil’s report on “Saksi”.

Based on investigations by the Philippine National Police (PNP) Anti-Cybercrime Unit and the Quezon City Police District, Nigerian citizen Demir Balik and his Filipino partner Jacel Ann Paderan are allegedly involved in a love scam.

A senior citizen is said to have met the foreigner through a dating application.

“Nagdownload siya nitong dating app, ditto niya ngayon nakilala si guess who is nigerian but impersonating turkish citizen. Nagging mag virtual boyfriend and girlfriend Sila,” said Police Inspector Michelle Cabino, spokeswoman for the PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group.

A few days later, the foreigner borrowed money from the woman. She sent money to a bank account held by the Nigerian’s partner.

The victim was allegedly robbed of more than 2 million pesos.

“Nagwo work naman po siya sa embassy and then missionary po siya sa church Nila. Hindi ko na din po alam sir, nagulat nalang din po ako na pumunta sila sa bahay. So hindi ko rin po alam yung ki-nase nila sa amin,” said Paderan.

(He works at the embassy and is a missionary at his church. I didn’t know him either. I was surprised they went to the house. I don’t know the case filed against us.)

Meanwhile, police warned the public to be careful when talking to strangers online.

“Be careful with online dating because di naman lahat ng na-memeet niyo online is totoo. And red flags to look out for or watch out for is when their virtual friend starts asking for money,” Cabino advised.

(Be careful with online dating because not everything you meet is real. And red flags to watch out for when that virtual friend starts asking for money.) — Sherylin Untalan/BAP, GMA News