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Villar warns on text scams

  • Written by Marlon Purificacion
  • Published in Nation
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SENATOR Cynthia Villar warned the public on scams circulating via social media and text messages using
their foundation, the  Villar Social Institute for Poverty Alleviation or Villar SIPAG or formerly
called Villar Foundation.

The misleading post on Facebook under a fake account/page “Villar Foundation Libreng Pabahay
2018” invites people to like and share its page to qualify for a supposed raffle of house on December
31 (draw date). The original post has since been taken down as well as the re-shared posts.
“Similar posts may resurface on social media and other platforms. We urge everyone to be more
discriminating and do not believe or repost everything they see online. We will continue to be
vigilant against scammers to prevent them from victimizing unsuspecting people,” said Villar.
She noted that this is not the first time that text scams were circulated to malign the Villar
name and their foundation.
In 2010, text messages claiming to be from Senator Manny Villar’s alleged housing foundation
“Handog-Pabahay sa OFW” and promising cash rewards for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) also
Similar text messages have been circulating on and off.
It can be traced back during the campaign period for the presidential elections in 2010 and
then resurfaced during the campaign period for the national elections in 2013, when Senators Manny
Villar and Cynthia Villar ran for president and senator, respectively.
The Villar family has since coordinated with the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to
report the text messages that promise cash prizes from a supposed raffle promo.
“The scammers even include in the message raffle permit numbers from the Department of Trade
and Industry (DTI) and the name of a person, who is misrepresenting himself as my lawyer or secretary,
to make it appear legitimate. However, we would like to inform the public that the Villar SIPAG or
Villar Foundation has no ongoing raffle promos or contests," said Villar.