- Eleazar warns of Facebook accounts using his name and photos
- He vowed to go after theses bogus accounts to take them down
- He also warned netizens to take initiatives to protect themselves from being vic
MANILA, Philippines – Police Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, the Philippine National Police (PNP) Deputy Chief for Operations, apparently has become the latest vic
tim of bo gus Facebook accounts proliferation on the social media platform.
Eleazar, who is also the Joint Task Force Covid Shield (JTF CV Shield) chief, said in a statement on Sunday that some blank Facebook accounts bearing his name and even his pictures have come to his attention.
The PNP official vowed to go after and take down these fake accounts, which he believes are perpetrated by cy
ber c rimi nals, by seeking the help of PNP Anti-C ybercri me Group (PNP-ACG).
“These people have their own respective motives but what they do is a plain and simple c
rimi nal act because it falls under identity theft which is punishable by our laws,” Eleazar said.
Eleazar made the warning amid the proliferation of f
ake accounts on social media which is now currently being investigated by authorities. The official said Facebook users should be extra cautious about this modus operandi of cyberc rimi nals who uses bogus accounts to ask money from real account holders.
“We have to be alert and take the initiative of protecting ourselves online because our names could be used for illegal activities,” he added.
In his case, Eleazar said the fake accounts using his name may be used to take advantage of people supporting the
polic e organization.
Eleazar is the former chief of the PNP Anti-Cy
bercrim e Group which handled several similar cases of identity th eft on social media in the past.
Social media users can prevent themselves from being vi
ctims of such acts by checking the existence of impostor accounts and informing friends and relatives to be wary of possible messages asking money or favor from these accounts.
“They could also seek the assistance of the PNP and other law enforcement agencies for appropriate actions,” Eleazar said.