Vice President Jejomar C. Binay today reminded the public not to fall prey to text messages claiming that the recipients have won in a raffle sponsored by or has become a beneficiary of a cash assistance program of his office.
“Mag-ingat po tayo sa mga text scam. Wag tayong maniniwala sa mga pakana na ito. Wag nating hayaang maging biktima tayo,” Binay warned.
“The Office of the Vice President (OVP) neither engages in raffle games nor has a cash assistance program. Text messages saying otherwise are bogus and should be ignored,” he said.
Binay added that those who received such messages may contact his office at 832-6791 local 105 or 106 or at email@example.com for verification.
The circulating text message read:
“(NOTICE>From Jejomar Binay u’r sim#have won 860,000) 05-03-12 pls. Call Katherine L. Madrigal at dis # 09128038637 (Auditor of the phil. Fund) DTI/NDRprmit# 4821.”
“Nakakalungkot na may mga kababayan tayong gustong manlamang at gumagamit pa ng pangalan ko para makapanlinlang ng kapwa. Kung nakatanggap kayo ng mga ganitong text, ipagbigay-alam kaagad ninyo sa aming opisina,” Binay said.
The Vice President also said he has ordered his office to investigate into the matter.
Last year, several text scams involving Binay and the OVP also circulated, including the messages below:
“D/MILLIONAIRE’S CLUB OFFICE OF THE PHILS., nforming u dat ur cel# Won!, in PABAHAY NI “BINAY” 2011!, Worth, Php850,000.00 DTI-NCR permit#1603s11, Pls. call me now!!..I’m Atty. Vic L. Delima.”
“Congratulations!! Ur SIm# had Won P480,000+Sony Laptop. From BINAY FUND. HANDOG KABUHAYAN. 4 more info!Call me now Atty. REY A. LIM DTI#0138 Series/2011.”