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Maraming nadali! DOJ to probe bitcoin investment scams

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The Department of Justice-Office of Cybercrime (DOJ-OOC) is set to investigate bitcoin investment scams, said Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Saturday (Aug. 1).

Guevarra explained he made the move in response to the July 28 letter-request of Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III who discovered a Facebook post which name-dropped the latter in enticing investors in bogus cryptocurrency trading.

“I have asked our Office of Cybercrime to coordinate with the NBI (National Bureau of Investigation) in investigating Sec. Dominguez’s complaint,” Guevarra said.

In his letter Dominguez told Guevarra that these scams have been “using the names of some Finance and Treasury officials in other countries as well as Filipino celebrities” in an attempt “to dupe the public into falling for the scam.”

“Although this incident had been reported to Facebook to prevent the spread of these hoaxes, the perpetrator of such acts may still continue to find other avenues to pursue their malicious activities. Thus, we request the assistance of the DOJ Cybercrime Office to track, identify, and prosecute those responsible for these posts,” Dominguez told Guevarra.

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