Scam, steal, sell: Man finds missing Omega watch advertised on Facebook

By Nancy Carvajal

A man who was duped into giving his six-figure Omega watch to a bogus buyer has sought the National Bureau of Investigation’s (NBI) help after finding his timepiece was being sold on Facebook.

The complainant, Vicente Carag, said a fellow watch enthusiast forwarded to him the advertisement of one Jervey Vincent Ng for the Omega Planet Ocean Chronograph on the Facebook group, Rolex Buy and Sell Manila.

Carag said he was convinced the watch was his because of the photos posted by Ng, which included the serial number of the timepiece.

He said the serial number matches what was indicated in the watch’s receipt when he bought it.

The 50-year-old complainant said he lost possession of the watch in September 2020, after a woman named Juliana Riel expressed interest in buying it for P225,000.

Carag said he set up a Facebook chat group with Ton Concepcion, his brother-in-law, and Riel to discuss how the client can transfer the payment for the watch.

However, Carag said Riel soon created a separate chat group with a fake Facebook account of his brother-in-law.

Using the fake account, Carag said Riel claimed the payment for the watch was already transferred to his brother-in-law. She soon arranged to pick up the timepiece through the motorcycle delivery app Lalamove.

“Pinalabas niya na transfer na niya ang pera at maaari nang ibigay ang relo. Dahil inaakala ko na siya yung totoong TON CONCEPCION (brother-in-law) ako ay naniwala at pina-release yung Relo sa Lalamove driver,” Carag said.

The complainant said the Lalamove rider who picked up the watch appeared to resemble Ng, though he isn’t sure if he’s the same person.

Carag has submitted his affidavit and other documentary evidence to the NBI for proper action. (Nancy Carvajal)

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