DAGUPAN CITY, August 14 (PNA)—The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) warned the public anew against a new scam by former One Dream Global Marketing (ODGM) recruiters after learning they are again enticing people to invest in a new company with the same marketing plan as ODGM.
Diogenes Norlo Gallang, NBI special investigator, said some of the complainants against ODGM were sent text messages in their cellular phones by former recruiters, luring them to invest in their new company and withdraw their complaint against them.
ODGM’s executives, president and chief executive officer Arnel Gacer, vice presidents Jobelle De Guzman and Richard Ramos were complained before the NBI by some 22 residents of Bolinao, 16 of whom formally filed their affidavits of complaint for syndicated estafa last July 23.
Gallang said the case is yet to be filed as the NBI is waiting for the certificate of incorporation of ODGM which they requested from the Security Exchange Commission (SEC).
“We are aiming to file a case consistent with presidential decree no. 1689 which has a broader coverage wherein victims are general public and with heavier penalty which is life imprisonment for culprits”, said Gallang.
It can be recalled that in the complaint affidavit by one of the victims, the complainant said sometime in June and July, Daryl Castro and Dariel Catabay residents of barangay Germinal Bolinao, invited them to a gathering where Gacer presented the business offer.
“We were asked to pay Php888 for one slot and after four days we will earn Php1,300 as a pay- out window or exit. We can also earn Php 44 per slot by recruiting people who will invest. Since I am getting the promised income I invested some more up to Php562, 992”, one of the complainants said.
The recruitment also happened in barangay Balintawak and Balingasay.
Gallang said the complainants claimed, some Php50 million was invested to the company and they are expecting more complainants who were victimized by this pyramiding scam after it was exposed in the national television stations.
He observed that the company does not have a permanent existing business address, did not present necessary permits and issued official receipts.
“Now they are again enticing the people to invest in a different company although with the same scheme as that of ODGM”, said Gallang.
He warned the public to be cautious and vigilant against investment scams. (PNA)