Online ‘Marites’ among top 3 cybercrimes

By September 17, 2023Crime Notes

WATCH out, netizens!

Do not post or upload anything on Facebook, X, YouTube or Tiktok that can destroy another individual’s reputation or image because if you do, the affected subject of the ‘marites’ can file a criminal case for online libel against the uploader.

This is the warning reiterated by the Pangasinan Provincial Cyber Response Team (PCRT) to netizens frequenting all nooks and corners of social media after monitoring messages randomly, many posts are bordering on cyber libel, one of the top 3 cybercrimes in the country.

Netizens found guilty of cyber libel are liable for imprisonment and millions of pesos damages.

P/CMS Archimedes Fernandez, PCRT Intel and Investigation unit  chief, said increasing number of swindling activities, scamming persons of money is top cybercrime; hacking of online media accounts is second.

This month being the Cybersecurity Month, Fernandez said law enforcers will be doing more monitoring to evaluate abuses using the social media even as he cautioned unsuspecting netizens to be more circumspect and careful when responding to solicitations for high returns on investments.

Fernandez does not deny the fact that while the social media and cashless transactions have helped humanity by easing transactions and bettering interactions, he cautioned the public against being gullible and trusting  people online. (Ahikam Pasion)

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