This time around, the new scam criminals are using to dupe potential victims involves the beloved pets of their targets.
GMA News reports one incident where Virginia Pozon, an owner of a Persian-Siamese cat lost her pet Pickle on December 2.
Pozon searched for Pickle but only ended up getting a vague lead from security footage showing a cat seemingly struggling inside a vehicle on the same day she lost her pet.
Since she was desperate, she started giving away wanted posters of her pet with her contact details.
This was when she started receiving text messages from people asking for money in exchange of meeting up with her so they could supposedly return Pickle.
However, authorities dissuaded her from doing so as they said these offers were a scam.
“I was desperate for answers but the police told us not to [entertain them] because it was just a scam. Marami pala daw na nangho-hold up daw, pwedeng sundan kami from the mall,” Pozon said.
For her part, Philippine Animal Welfare Society Exec. Dir. Anna Cabrera said there were a lot of pet owners who leave their expensive pets out in the open.
Cabrera said that to avoid being a victim, owners should consider neutering their pets to eliminate their tendencies of wandering around.
“Dalawa lang ang drives ng pusa, yung kanilang sex drive at food drive. So pag ang pusa ay gustong lumabas ay ibig sabihin naghahanap ng makaka-mate,” she said.