• Binay warns against text scam using his name

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    Vice President Jejomar Binay on Thursday said there are syndicates using his name for a text scam.

    Binay made the warning after receiving reports that text messages are circulating that inform the recipients that they won money and housing units from a foundation bearing Binay’s name.

    He said the text messages “are scams” and that the Office of the Vice President (OVP) is not offering any raffle contests, nor did he authorize any foundation to use his name to solicit cash donations.

    He said victims of such scams recently went to his office to ask assistance and report their experience.

    “We should not allow ourselves to be fooled by the text scam,” he said.

    The National Bureau of Investigation earlier arrested a woman in Bago City who was allegedly using Binay’s name to swindle two contractors out of P500,000.

    The NBI said Ma. Cristita Tortogo extorted money from two contractors and claimed to facilitate a housing contract from the Vice President.

    Tortogo is facing charges for violating the Anti-Bouncing Check Law and falsification of public documents. She is also facing other charges before the Bacolod City Prosecutor’s Office filed by the NBI.

    The NBI had previously arrested a man posing as the Vice President and who tried to extort P300,000 from business magnate Lucio Tan.

    RITCHIE A. HORARIO

     

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