The victims of a car rental swindle, dubbed “rent-sangla,” did not immediately notice they were being scammed because the suspects gave them the cash they expected to get every month.
“Kokontakin kami ni [Tychicus] Nambio, offer sila ng weekend to have our cars rented. Per month binabayaran kami. Hindi kami nagpa-panic kasi may pera naman,” said Mark Edwin Serrano, one of the victims of the scam by suspects Tychicus Historillo Nambio, Rafaela Asunciacion, and Lea Constantino Rosales.
They only found out that they had been swindled when they saw Nambio’s arrest on television.
“Natakot kami kasi ang alam namin, ang mga sasakyan namin nire-rent ng isang company then after 1 month, we get our cars back,” he said.
When the contract for their cars’ rental expired, Nambio would extend it and they would accept because the suspects never failed to give them their supposed rent payment, Serrano said.
The Department of Justice issued a lookout bulletin for the suspects to prevent them from leaving the country, and announced in a press conference on Friday that they have authorized the National Bureau of Investigation to investigate the scam, also called “rent-tangay” by authorities.
According to Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre, more or less 500 cars were impounded by law enforcers in Cavite and Laguna, so they expect that there are more victims who have not come forward to file charges against the suspects.
"Para mag-umpisa na pong gumulong ang inyong complaints, makipag-ugnayan kayo sa NBI para sa kaukulang demanda," Aguirre said