The following information was obtained from the different cyber security sources for notification to all parties concerned pursuant to the mandate of the Philippine National Police Anti-Cybercrime Group (PNP ACG).
The information provided was classified as Restricted pursuant to the PNP Regulation 200-012 on Document Security and Impact Rating as high based on PNP Information Communication Technology (ICT) Security Manual s.2010-01 p. 22 and p.129.
As defined in Republic Act Nr. 10175 otherwise known as the “Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012”, computer-related identity theft is the intentional acquisition, use, misuse, transfer, possession, alteration or deletion of identifying information belonging to another, whether natural or juridical, without right.
Identity theft occurs when somebody uses your personal information, to include but not limited to name, birthday, telephone number, credit card number, without your permission in order to commit fraud or other crimes.
It is important to protect personal information and take precautionary measure to minimize the potential damage from identity theft if your information is accidentally disclosed or deliberately stolen.
Identity theft may occur in different forms, including but not limited to computer phishing, 419 scams (named after the Nigerian penal code), Internet auction fraud, magnetic strip skimming and credit card fraud. All identity theft is an attempt to steal personal information to access accounts or to open new accounts fraudulently, regardless of the approach.1
PNP personnel and the public are advised to follow the best practices listed below to protect personal information:
• Always be careful in giving out personal information in a website, email, instant messaging systems, chat rooms and message boards.
• Always read privacy statements.
• Immediately close compromised credit card accounts.
• Ensure to monitor credit card statements. Keep in mind that fraudulent activity may not show up right away.
• Consult with financial institutions on any unusual activities on your accounts.
• Never send pictures of yourself, your friends or family to someone you met or chat with online.
• Don’t open up e-mails, files or website links from unknown sender.
• Report to PNP ACG when you are a victim of cyber-related incidents.
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