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PNP names top 5 of cybercrime complaints

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) has named the top 5 complaints received and recorded by authorities from 2013 to present.
The PNP’s Anti-Cybercrime Group (PNP-ACG) recorded a total of 1,211 cybercrime complaints with online scam on top of the list with 366 complaints, followed by online libel with 240 complaints, online threats with 129 complaints, identity theft with 127 complaints, and anti-photo and video voyeurism with 89 complaints.
PNP-ACG said that the online scam complaints were reported by victims of online buying/selling, paluwagan, investment, pyramid and other forms of online fraud.
According to Factbrowser, a digital discovery engine, there are 44 million Internet users in the Philippines as of 2014 and the average time spent on the internet by users is 18.6 hours per week or 2.6 hours per day. With the increasing number of Internet users there is also an increase in the opportunity for cyber criminals to do their illegal online activities.
Authorities encourage victims of illegal online activities or targets of suspicious online messages encouraged to report the incidents to the PNP ACG for proper evaluation and investigation. They may also file their complaints or report incidents through our website, cellphone number 0998-5689082, hotline number 4141560/7230401 loc 5313 or e-mail at
For cyber security updates, the public can also follow PNP-ACG’s official twitter account @PNPACG and Facebook account: PNP ACG.

Criselda Cabangon David, a happy mother of two kids, is a full-time Sociologist at the City Government of Lucena, Quezon Province. She is currently the Managing Editor of Ang Diaryo Natin Sunday News, a weekly local community newspaper in the Philippines and an active member of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines.