Reports of crimes via Facebook on the rise in PH

(SPOT.ph) The Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) revealed yesterday, June 22, that crimes and complaints involving Facebook have been on the rise this year, reports ABS-CBN News. A total of 26 "Facebook cases" were filed in 2010 while 25 have already been raised from January to June this year.

According to ABS-CBN, of the Facebook cases filed this year, six were estafa; six were libel; three were harassment; three were hacking; five were cases of identity theft and fake accounts; and two cases were pornography. A libel and an estafa case were also filed involving Twitter and Multiply, respectively. Five other complaints under other websites were also reported.

Apart from internet-related concerns, the CIDG also received 11 cases of threats made via cellphone calls and texts for the first half of the year, as well as seven complaints involving e-mail and credit card fraud. Cyber-related crimes from January to June totaled to 56, compared to the 72 recorded for the whole of 2010.

CIDG’s Cyber Crime Unit handles the cases based on Section 33 of Republic Act 8792, or the E-Commerce Act. Just last May, a Consolidated Cyber Crime Bill, which intends to penalize cyber-offenders, was passed in the House of Representatives.

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