Gatchalian asks NBI’s help in credit card hacking; says P1M used to buy alcohol

Senator Sherwin Gatchalian asked help from the National Bureau of Investigation to look into the hacking of his credit card which was used to buy P1 million worth of alcohol through a mobile food delivery application.

In an interview following the filing of an incident report at the NBI, Gatchalian disclosed that his credit card was used not to buy food but liquor from FoodPanda.

“Itong taong ‘to nagpanggap na si Senator Gatchalian. Pinalitan niya yung cellphone number, nakuha niya yung [One Time Pin]. Nung nakuha niya ‘yung OTP, um-order siya ng P1 million worth of items,” he said.

“Pero natuklasan ko po na hindi pala matakaw itong tao na ‘to kung hindi manginginom dahil isang milyon na alcohol ang in-order nya,” he added.

Gatchalian said he wonders how the hacker will consume all of these products but he suspects that the alcoholic beverages will be sold.

The senator reminded the public to secure their bank information which can be used by hackers to access their accounts.

He has thanked the NBI for the help and hoped that they will catch the hacker who used his card to prevent the recurrence of the same incident.

The lawmaker likewise mentioned that he has received calls, narrating that they experience the same “modus.”

After the incident, Gatchalian pointed out the need to strengthen banks’ security systems to protect their clients.

NBI Director Vicente De Guzman III, on the other hand, said there are organized syndicates that may target anybody’s account.

Cybercrime Division chief Victor Lorenzo said suspects may face violations of the Access Devices Regulation Act of 1998, Electronic Commerce Act, and Cybercrime Prevention Act for identity theft and illegal access.

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