The Department of Finance (DOF) on Monday warned the public against a “Fund Resurgence Program” which it said was a scam aimed at gathering personal information of individuals.
“The DOF would like to clarify that no such program has ever existed and that the scam appears to be run with the intention of extracting sensitive personal information from unwary individuals,” the agency said.
The DOF said that it has received reports that an entity named Prominente Marketing, with offices at the 26th Floor of the Enterprise Building in Makati City claimed to have been authorized by the DOF and the Metropolitan Trial Court to act as transfer agent to facilitate the transfer of funds from the purported Funds Resurgence Program of the DOF.
“There is no Funds Resurgence Program under the Department of Finance and in fact, documents forwarded from Prominente Marketing and represented as coming from the DOF are fictitious. The alleged signature of Cesar Purisima, secretary of the Department of Finance, appearing on each of the certificates, is likewise forged,” it said.
The agency added that this is a type of scam to elicit information and funds from unsuspecting individuals by unlawfully using the name of the DOF, the Metropolitan Trial Court and even the National Bureau of Investigation.
It said that to allegedly facilitate the release of funds, individuals were directed to provide sensitive personal information, including bank account numbers, addresses, and passport numbers.
“Solicitation of such information in writing, accompanied by a promise of compensation, is a hallmark of an attempted scam. The public is advised to be highly cautious of such notices, especially from entities claiming to transact on behalf of any Philippine government agencies,” the DOF said.