How to find and report scammers in the Philippines

James Ryan Jonas

You’ve been scammed. You entrusted your money to a person you thought was trustworthy but, in the end, you were deceived and now that person — and perhaps your money — is gone.

If you know where they are, you can report scammers to the authorities in the Philippines. Click the image below for contact details of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) or the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

But if the fraudsters cannot anymore be found, you can resort to creative means of finding them. Just like having a paid advertisement on newspapers. I was browsing through newspapers at home when I found a relatively large (read: expensive) paid ad in the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

The ad is not promoting a company or product but, rather, it plastered the faces of two people being hunted down by the police for Syndicated Estafa.

The ad goes:

Notice to the Public

The Regional Trial Court, Branch 24, of Cabugao, Ilocos Sur, issued a Warrant of Arrest against the abovenamed persons for Syndicated Estafa, punishable under Section 1 of Presidential Decree 1689.

P500,000 will be rewarded for information leading to the arrest of the abovenamed individuals (Lucien Balteza and Milagros Balteza).

They are residents of Imus, Cavite.

Please call or send text message to:

Smart – 09182581440
Globe – 09151147520
Sun – 09229590677

Wow. An expensive ad intended to find the scammers. If it will prove to be an effective way of locating the scammers and retrieving money lost to them, paying that huge amount for newspaper advertisement might just be worth it.

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James Ryan Jonas teaches business management, investments, and entrepreneurship at the University of the Philippines (UP). He is also the Executive Director of UP Provident Fund Inc., managing and investing P3.2 Billion ($56.4 Million) worth of retirement funds on behalf of thousands of UP employees.