Con artist falls after 4th target outwits her

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The intended victim didn’t fall for her story.

In the end, a woman who tried to con a man into giving her money supposedly on the instructions of his parents was arrested on Tuesday by the Quezon City police.

At least three other complainants came forward to accuse Edna Santos of using them as targets of her swindling schemes.

The woman was nabbed in an entrapment operation at SM North Edsa following a complaint by Ryan Joe Florano, 29.

The suspect was arrested in an entrapment operation after calling up Florano’s home, pretending to be a member of the staff of a lawyer who was supposedly mediating for the victim’s parents who reportedly met an accident. The complainant’s parents are abroad.

Fairview police station commander Supt. Virgilio Fabian said Florano pretended to be a helper who followed Santos’ instructions to bring   cash and valuables to her.

According to deputy director for administration Senior Supt. Joel Pagdilao, another complainant also went to the police and claimed that she lost her designer bag last year to Santos at a mall in Cubao.

Cheryruth Takemura told police that she was with an uncle at a coffee shop in Ali Mall on June 25, 2012, when the woman allegedly stole her bag.

Santos allegedly dropped a P20 bill on the floor and called their attention to it, then grabbed Takemura’s Hermes bag with cash and valuables in it worth P350,000 when they were not looking.

Quezon City Police District director Senior Supt. Richard Albano urged other swindling victims to check if they had been victimized by the suspect who was arrested  by law enforcers of the  Masambong police station.

Albano said the suspect is reportedly facing several estafa cases.

Police said a prosecutor had  also been duped by Santos, using the same modus operandi of calling up prospective victims in their homes and telling them to bring cash or valuables to her for relatives who badly needed money.

Fabian said the prosecutor’s househelp had seen Santos on a TV newscast after her arrest and recognized  her as the suspect in the con scheme.

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  • batangpaslit

    paano nakuha ang fon numbers ng mga na biktima?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GURBWYA3AIXC22EF6E6HIHRNQE Ornbort Vortingeresdemesus

      watch what you throw in your garbage or post online or tell your employees or househelp. un lang. ngayon pa mas madali. 

      • batangpaslit

        acknowledged
        gracias, Bro.
        if this is so, it means, the con artists are “genius” in their own way
        sana, sa magandang paraan nila gamitin ang kanilang galing hindi sa panloloko.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_M6UL2UG4OGTMCLSYGB5MVJ7USE InSearchOfTruth

        yup, usually may mga utak ang mga swindlers.  pinag aaralan din muna nila ang mga bibiktimahin nila.  magaling sila mag analize kung ang isang tao ay madaling lituhin at utuin.

      • batangpaslit

        i wonder.
        are they inherently good in human psychology?
        or
        they are under the influence of demonic power that they have the ability to hypnotize their would be victims?

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_M6UL2UG4OGTMCLSYGB5MVJ7USE InSearchOfTruth

        i would like to think that they are good in human psychology…  :-)

      • batangpaslit

        Bro, I surmise, if you joined the investigative or law enforcement agencies, you may turn out yet to be a good investigator. You are endued with a discerning mind, which is a critical faculty to be an A1 interogator.
        Balik tayo sa issue re swindlers…magaling sila. Sana, gamitin nila ang kanilang talino at galing sa pag gawa ng kabutihan sa kanilang kapuwa.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GURBWYA3AIXC22EF6E6HIHRNQE Ornbort Vortingeresdemesus

        they do it because there is more money in it and it’s a challenge. why join a brutish, corrupt police force when you can make more scamming people? if we made law enforcement a well compensated, respectable career then these people would be excited to join and not go the other way. isa pa: some of the best law enforcement consultants were once master criminals. rush talaga un. u just gotta be smarter than them. 

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_M6UL2UG4OGTMCLSYGB5MVJ7USE InSearchOfTruth

        bro, kakapanood lang ng CSI, hehehe…

        i agree with you, sana nga gamitin nila sa kabutihan ang talents nila

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GURBWYA3AIXC22EF6E6HIHRNQE Ornbort Vortingeresdemesus

        one of the best investments you can buy is a simple paper shredder. seryoso. then spit or pour wasted food on the contents to make the ink run.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GURBWYA3AIXC22EF6E6HIHRNQE Ornbort Vortingeresdemesus

    step one: look at the yellow pages for an address in a poorly guarded area, like say..quezon city. step two: go to the address and look for identity clues…steal a phone bill, credit card statement, address label from junk mail…or search the garbage can; magkunwari kang taong grasa or scavenger walang papansin sa yo step three: use the information to your advantage. step four: READ THIS AND PROTECT YOURSELVES. think of your house as your kingdom, company, nation, whatever. you are the head of security. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GURBWYA3AIXC22EF6E6HIHRNQE Ornbort Vortingeresdemesus

      ngayon mas madali. internet lang di ka na aalis ng bahay. 

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