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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Sen. Villar Warns Those Who Use Her Name and Their Foundations in Scams

Text scams and social media post using prominent names of public officials or government offices are not new in our country.  Common names being used in scams are the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office or PCSO and the Banko Sentral ng Pilipinas allegedly that the receiver of the text messages has won a big prize.

Text scams and social media post using prominent names of public officials or government offices are not new in our country.

Common names being used in scams are the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office or PCSO and the Banko Sentral ng Pilipinas allegedly that the receiver of the text messages has won a big prize.
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But PCSO and the BSP are not only the victim, just recently, Senator Cynthia Villar has warned the public against text messages and social media post that using her name or her family's foundation for scams.

Aside from being a senator, Villar is a director of Villar Social Institute for Poverty Alleviation or Villar SIPAG.

She urged the public not to fall for misleading messages and post that use the foundation to scam or swindle people.

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She cited a certain Facebook page named “Villar Foundation Libreng Pabahay 2018” which invited social media users to like and share its page to qualify for a supposed raffle house on December 31, 2017. 

The original post, however, has been deleted.

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She said the scam started in 2010 and they encountered the same in 2013. The purpose she believed is to malign their family and their foundation.

With this, she urges the public to report immediately the said activity to their office, with the contact details found on its website www.villarSIPAG.org.

Villar added, they already coordinated with the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to investigate the said modus.

“We are seriously looking into these malicious and misleading text message and online posts. There are legal remedies and we will not hesitate to use them,” she said.


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