DFA WARNS FILIPINOS  ABROAD OF TEXT SCAM USING CENTRAL BANK

MANILA, June 16, 2005
 (STAR) The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Tuesday warned Filipinos overseas, as well as their family and relatives in the Philippines, to be extra cautious of text messages that prey on unsuspecting Filipinos.

DFA Undersecretary for Migrant Workers’ Affairs Jose S. Brillantes said these text messages name drop Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Rafael Buenaventura, among other trusted names and institutions, and claim that the receiver has won two million Philippine pesos and has to remit 800 US dollars to be able to receive the prize money.

Representatives with the BSP had since stated that the modus is a scam and Brillantes had already referred the case to the Anti-Money Laundering Council, the Philippine National Police, the National Bureau of investigation and the National Telecommunications Commission for their appropriate investigation and action.

Brillantes issued this warning after receiving the report from Philippine Ambassador to Egypt Petronila P. Garcia regarding the text message received by a member of the Philippine Embassy in Cairo itself.

Ambassador Garcia reported that last June 2, Donnie Fetalino, Attaché and Communications Officer of the Embassy received a text message which read “Congrats your cell roaming no. had won P2 million during the electronic raffle drawn from the Central Bank of The Philippines. Call now Governor Rafael Buenaventura at this number: +639156907234.”

Investigating further, the Philippine Embassy in Cairo then called the office of Governor Buenaventura in Manila and was informed that there is no such raffle and that the whole thing is a big scam.

The Office of Governor Buenaventura advised the Philippine Embassy to report the incident to the authorities.


Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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