OFW in Australia Duped by 'Student Girlfriend' He Met on Facebook

An overseas Filipino worker maintained a long-distance relationship with a 20-year-old woman he met on social media.

Little did he know that, after supporting her education and financial needs for almost a year, the OFW felt deceived by the woman, prompting him to fly to the Philippines from Australia and sought the assistance of the National Bureau of Investigation.

Operatives from the NBI arrested the woman in an entrapment operation at a shopping mall in Davao City Thursday night, a report by GMA Davao said.

According to the OFW, he met the suspect on Facebook and was led to believe that she was a student. She then convinced him to provide for her school fees and allowance.

She once even asked him to shoulder her hospitalization after she claimed to be sick.

But soon the victim got suspicious after the woman narrated that she figured in an accident and lost her gadgets. The woman failed to show him a police report of the accident.

“Nagrerelasyon sa Internet then later on, na-[find] out ng lalaki na niloloko lang siya. Niloko lang siya dahil pinag-aral pa niya. This girl presented fake na mga document, mga resibo, while nagpapadala ng pera ang lalaki. Ngayon, nalaman niyang hindi na pala nag-aaral ang babae,” said NBI Region 11 supervising agent Atty. Archie Albao.

When confronted, the suspect claimed that it was the OFW who pursued the relationship and insisted on giving her money. She claimed the man even gave her gifts worth P10,000 on her birthday last year.

However, she admitted to making up receipts and documents for the OFW to believe, and added that she had no one to turn to after getting pregnant at age 18.

“Siya ang nag-ooffer sa akin, siya ang unang nagcha-chat sa akin para may communication kami hanggang sa nag-decide kami na magkarelasyon kami. Tapos siya ang nagasasabi na anong gusto mong bilhin. Then that time, wala pa akong 18, tapos nabuntis ako, ayaw ko pa sanang sabihin sa kanya. Depressed ako nun at walang matakbuhan dahil hindi pa alam noon ng mama ko kaya naisip kong siya ang lapitan sa mga pangangailangan ko sa financial,” said the woman, who is now detained by the NBI and faces charges of estafa.