(Photo courtesy of ACG)

MANILA – Anti-cybercrime police officers arrested a 29-year-old sales assistant for online fraud in an operation in Rizal.

In a statement on Tuesday, Philippine National Police Anti-Cybercrime Group (PNP-ACG) officer-in-charge, Brig. Gen. Bowenn Joey Masauding said the suspect whose name was withheld, was arrested in an operation last June 19 in Barangay Security Force in Cainta, Rizal.

Investigation showed the suspect duped the victim only identified as "Mika" who works as a sales assistant at a grocery store in Barangay Palatiw, Pasig City.

On June 18, "Mika" received a Facebook friend request from the suspect who used the name "Lovely Heart", which contained the photo of her boss.

Masauding said “Lovely Heart" engaged the victim in a conversation and later convinced her to make a cash transfer.

“Mika” sent PHP5,000 to the suspect’s GCash account registered under the name of “Rosalina Lope.”

When she called her boss to confirm the fund transfer, she found that her boss never asked for the money.

It was later revealed that “Rosalina Lope” is actually a legitimate GCash account owner with a retail store at the Camella Abraza Subdivision, Pinagbuhatan, Pasig City.

Masauding said the suspect merely used the account of Rosalina Lope to cash out the money from the victim.

The suspect is now under the custody of ACG's Eastern District Anti-Cybercrime Team in Pasig City, pending inquest proceedings.

She will be charged with estafa and violation of Republic Act 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012. (PNA)