PNP, GCash advise users against illegal raffle promotions online

This holiday season, GCash is advising the general public against illegal raffle promotions that sell online tickets for a chance to win cash prizes and automobiles. The warning comes as part of the leading e-wallet’s thrust to build a financially inclusive and safe cashless ecosystem by educating users on the modus of scammers, fraudsters, and cybercriminals.

The warning comes with a reminder to users that all such activities, including those online, should have a license to operate issued by the Philippine Amusement Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR).

GCash cited an incident involving the social media page 'Tipsy D Garage' which, according to PAGCOR, was operating illegally, prompting an investigation by the National Police Anti-Cybercrime Group (PNP ACG) arranging the necessary operation. 

The PNP ACG, aided by GCash, implemented a warrant to search, seize, and examine computer data (WSSECD) protocol, which resulted in the arrest of the suspects and confiscation of computers and mobile phones used in their operation.

Six suspects were later arrested and charged with the violation of Presidential Decree No. 1602 (illegal gambling). The suspects were identified as Mark Kevin Borbon Andrade, 35; Jeffrey Gatbonton Siron, 38; Cedric Oneal Obordo, 27; Adrian Gregorio Diaz, 29; Jerele Bautista Javier, 34; and Jedric Ambrocio Siron, 27.

"Let us continue to fight scammers, fraudsters, and cybercrime by being aware and properly informed about their mode of operations. This can make everyone a step ahead of these perpetrators," said GCash vice president and head of corporate communications Gilda Maquilan.

In addition, GCash continues to urge its users to exercise extra caution when transacting on the platform, never to reveal their MPIN or OTP, and to refrain from clicking on links that lead to external websites or senders they are unfamiliar with. For help and assistance, users can contact the PNP-ACG via their hotlines at (02) 8414-1560 or 0998-598-8116, or via email at acg@pnp.gov.ph.

To report scams and fraudulent activities, users can visit the official GCash Help Center in the app or at help.gcash.com, message Gigi, and type "I want to report a scam." GCash will never send private messages to ask for personal information, especially the MPIN and OTP. Customers can also reach out to the official GCash hotline at 2882 for queries and other concerns. For more information, visit www.gcash.com.ph.

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