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PH tops list of 11 Asian countries with highest shopping scam rate

The government reminds the public to remain vigilant with the expected increase in scam rates this holiday season.
Photo courtesy: CICC

Shopping scam rate in PH is almost 36 percent

Citing the latest Asia Scam Report, the Cybercrime Investigation and Coordinating Center told the public to be careful of their transactions after the study showed that the Philippines topped 11 countries with the highest shopping scam rate.

The study said that the shopping scam rate in the Philippines was 35.9 percent. It was the top scam technique in the country.

It was followed by investment scams at 29 percent; lottery scams at 22.9 percent; job scams at 17.8 percent; and identity theft at 17.7 percent.

24.8 percent of Filipino victims respond too quickly to scammers’ demands and 21.1 percent of victims chose to take a risk despite uncertainty about the risk, CICC added, citing the study.

Other reasons for vulnerability include being enticed with incentives and over-trusting with friends and family members, it added.

The 2023 Asia Scam Report was published by GASA and Gogolook. It was based on data collected from around 20,000 respondents across 11 Asian countries including the Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Vietnam, China, and Indonesia.

CICC Executive Director Alexander K. Ramos reiterated his appeal to the public to be careful when they do their online shopping, especially during this Christmas season.

Based on our observation, shopping scams usually increase during the Christmas season, he said. Scammers take advantage of the high volume of online shopping and people's vulnerability during this period, Ramos explained.

CICC is appealing to the public to call 1326 if they are victims of shopping scams and other cybercrimes.

We also remind you to shop carefully to celebrate this season merrily!

Source: CICC

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