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DILG warns public vs COVID-19 donation scam

Philippine Information Agency
12 Jul 2020, 18:38 GMT+10

CALOOCAN CITY, July 12 (PIA) -- The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has warned the public against fraudsters posing as charities and soliciting donations from local government units, police stations, and other attached agencies for pandemic relief.

"The public is hereby informed that there are some individuals claiming to be me or somebody connected to my office calling or texting local government officials and police stations for purposes allegedly to make donations or seek the support of LGUs for supposed programs and projects of the Department, among others," DILG Spokesperson Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said in a statement.

"As a matter of policy, this office communicates with LGUs and other agencies of the Department through official channels. Therefore, the public is advised not to entertain any request from any person claiming to be me or someone connected to my office without proper verification. LGUs and PNP stations who are contacted by these unscrupulous individuals may verify the call or text with the DILG's Municipal/City Local Government Operations Officer or the DILG Regional/Provincial Office," Malaya warned.

He said the DILG does not tolerate any action by any individual that can compromise the integrity of the department.

"As such, this notice covers all other DILG officials and staff whose names may also be used by or name dropped by unscrupulous persons," the official said, as criminals are riding on COVID-19 donation drives and creating fake charities to get financial gain.

"We encourage everyone to report to the PNP station nearest you if you become aware of any similar acts. Rest assured that your identity will be kept confidential," Malaya said. (PIA NCR)

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