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Top 10 Modus Operandi of the most common Crimes in the Philippines

Police authority has advised the individual to be extra alert when they were in public places such, shopping centers or malls, restaurants other recreational areas.

The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) has come up the lists of top 10 modus operandi of common crimes. Here’s the detail.

1. Sneaky Office Intruders

The modus operandi of the group is posturing like an employee’s friend, visitors, or messenger with complete visitor’s ID.

According to NCRPO websites, the thieves strike on the workplace with little security or no security, usually during lunch time or the afternoon break when employees left their office table.

Taking advantage of offices downtime, these intruders sneakily work their way. They target valuables items like mobile phone, laptops, cash or credit cards.

Security Tips: Bring your valuables items in a small bag wherever you go, if in case you have no tight security measures in place.

Deposit your valuables in a secured and locked drawer before leaving the workplace.

Just in case the intruder has already hit your workplace, call the security guard attention directly and report the incident. And file appropriate charges if the security guards caught him or her.

2. ATM (Automated Teller Machine) Scams

The modus operandi of these scammers is targeting ATM terminals with dark spot and not lighted well. To learn more about their modus operandi and how to avoid these scammers ClickHere! 

3. The Zesto Gang

Usually, this group uses 2 to 3 members and their modus operandi is to scam the bus passengers through swift tactics of distraction, confusion, intimidation, and harassment.

A Zesto Gang member comes up into the bus, with bills of cash folded lengthwise and wound around the fingers by denomination in typical bus conductor style, and nonchalantly asks, “Ilan?” (“How many?”)

Thinking he or she is the bus conductor, you say how many people you’d like to pay the fares of, not knowing that the scammer is supposedly actually asking how many juice packs you’d like to buy.

After getting your money, the gang member magically produces juice packs from out of nowhere, swiftly pokes straws in them and shoves them in front of you.

And even if you doth protest to say, “But I thought…” or “That’s not what I…,” you will curtly be told, too late, “Naitusok ko na eh,” meaning they can no longer be sold, thanks to your (purported) hearing deficiency, and so rather than make a fuss or argue, you just sip in meek silence.

Even more appalling? Scammers jack up the price of the juice pack to as much as ten times the actual price.

Prevention Tips: You may possibly try pretending sleep when you see these scammers especially they have a mysterious pail or bag of juice packs!

4. Airport Ambush

The modus operandi of these criminals they trail you from the airport and repeatedly attack your car until you are forced to give it up. Based on the reported incidents this year, this scheme is usually executed before dawn.

Carnapping suspects are believed to pick victims among passengers seen at the airport terminal before dawn, according to

Once their chosen passengers are on the road, they repeatedly bump the rear portion of their victims’ vehicle, forcing them to stop.

If they don’t, the carnappers speed up to the front of the victims’ vehicle and cut off their way. The carnappers don’t pick a particularly secluded area probably because the pre-dawn darkness gives them privacy.

Prevention Tips: It is wise to plan carefully about your flight schedule. And when you are in the vehicles don’t forget to lock the doors all the time. Try to avoid isolated and dark roads.

5. Test Drive Threat

The Carnappers pose as buyers who will test drive the car you’re selling–and later steal it at gunpoint. Plan of attack: Faux buyers respond to your “car for sale” ad and ask for a test drive. So, of course, you accompany them.

Later, they drive the car to a secluded area where they force you out at gunpoint. Talk about seller’s remorse.

Prevention Tips: To avoid this carnapping trap, it’s best to let a seasoned used car dealer handle the sale, says Top Gear associate features editor Dinzo Tabamo.

If you want to sell the vehicle yourself, Tabamo suggests you dictate the test driving route and bring along one or two companions. If the “buyers” balk at this, then you should refuse to let them take your car for a ride.

We also suggest discreetly taking photos of all potential buyers before you go on a test drive. This way, if they turn out to be thieves, you’d have something the police could use to hunt them down.

6. Condo Criminals

The modus operandi of this criminal syndicate is to invade units that are left unlocked or simply break into random units. Once inside, they ransack the place for valuables. To top it all off, some thieves also vandalize the units they invade.

Prevention Tips: Lock the door even when you’re inside the condo unit. Add a chain lock (this one, if you dare). Ask the landlord to beef up the security or at least make sure the guards aren’t sleeping on the job.

7. Backstage Burglars

Their modus operandi, during a show or event, crooks sneak into the area behind the stage or inside the dressing rooms, where the commotion provides great cover for their criminal activities.

Thieves can easily pose as aides, assistants, yayas or utility personnel and blend in with the crowd. They can pick up, say, a laptop, a wallet, or a designer bag and quickly run, or even casually and nonchalantly walk off with it without anyone knowing or minding.

Prevention Tips: If you’re part of a show, event or function, designate someone to watch over your belongings at all times or designate a locked room or office as a holding room for your belongings.

Notify the authorities if you notice any suspicious-looking people sneaking around, although thieves do have a knack for blending in.

8. Salisi Gang

Gang members lurk anywhere where there are people–malls, restaurants, fast-food joints, computer shops, bars, and clubs–and are just waiting for you to get distracted.

Even the toniest hangouts of the elite are not exempt from these chameleons who have mastered the art of blending in and the art of distraction.

Prevention Tips: Constant vigilance! Keep your bag on your lap (not behind you on your seat) and be cautious about leaving it on another chair, and keep an eye on it at all times. Bring a bag hook so your bag is kept under the table.

Don’t casually leave your cellphone, laptop or camera on the table where it can easily be grabbed in a split-second. Take precautions especially when out at night.

Thieves are only too happy to see inebriated women in clubs dancing with wild abandon, unmindful of their evening bags, phones, and cameras exposed on cocktail tables, ready for the taking. Wear a wrist-strap clutch instead and keep all your belongings in it.

9. Dugo-Dugo Gang

Their modus operandi is to rob affluent homes by tricking unsuspecting house helpers into helping them get to the homeowners’ cash and valuables stash.

Do you remember the PLDT caller I.D. commercial? That’s basically how the Dugo-Dugo Gang operates. After casing a household, the gang members wait for the opportune moment when only the helper is in the house.

The scammers call and pretend that a family member has been hurt and needs money for a surgery or medical procedure of some sort.

Then they pressure the helper into forcing open the family safe, locked drawers, and the like to get cash and other valuables. The helper is then told to turn over the loot to the gang members.

Prevention Tips: Tell helpers and everyone in the house about this scam. To find out if they actually remembered what you said, pretend to be a Dugo-Dugo Gang member and make them go through a drill. Take it a step further by rewarding those that keep their wits about them.

10. Budol-Budol Gang

The Budol-Budol Gang can strike anywhere using their alleged powers of hypnotism and “boodle” or counterfeit money–hence the name–that turn out to be just sheets of paper. Interestingly, Google Translate says “budol” means “gullible person.”

Their modus operandi may have evolved over the years but here’s their basic tactic: They lure or blackmail their victims into giving them valuables or cash in exchange for a bag filled with fake bills or products.

In one reported instance in 2008, two suspected Budol-Budol Gang members managed to get a cellphone, a Walkman, and P2,000 from an unidentified 16-year-old girl in Cebu.

The male and female suspects claimed they were looking for a vehicle to transport their things. Before they went to search for a vehicle, they asked the girl to hold onto a bag supposedly filled with money.

In return, they got the girl to give them her valuables as a sort of safety deposit. It wasn’t long before the girl discovered the bag contained only fake bills.

In 2005, a victim identified only as Marie claimed some Budol-Budol Gang members hypnotized her into giving them her money, jewelry, and mobile phones.

She said she did not remember much after a man allegedly engaged her in small talk while she was walking along Ortigas Avenue.

All she could recall was getting inside a certain van, drinking a glass of water, and handing over two years’ worth of savings of her seaman husband. All that in exchange for a black bag stuffed with sheets of paper.

Prevention Tips: First of all, bear in mind one of the first things everyone learned as a kid: Don’t talk to strangers.

Of course, that can’t be helped sometimes so remember another basic rule: Don’t accept candy from strangers.

In this case, if strangers are giving you something as “sweet” as a bagful of cash, you better refuse. If you’re afraid of being hypnotized, find out how the controversial phenomenon supposedly works to avoid succumbing to it.




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