‘Wag maniwala sa scam! Cynthia Villar says her family’s foundation has no plans to raffle off cash prizes, house and lot this Christmas
Senator Cynthia Villar branded as a scam a fake Facebook and mobile phone text campaign announcing her foundation’s plan to raffle off cash prizes and house and lot this Christmas.
The senator warned the scammers that her family would seek legal action to stop this black propaganda
“We are seriously looking into malicious and misleading text messages and online posts. There are legal remedies and we will not hesitate to use them,” Villar said.
Villar said this was not the first time that such text scams were circulated, apparently to malign her and husband, former Sen. Manuel “Manny” Villar, as well as 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 circulated.
Similar text (SMS) messages have been circulating on and off starting from the 2010 presidential elections when Manny ran for president and then resurfaced during the 2013 campaign when Cynthia ran for senator.
The Villars have coordinated with the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on the FB and text campaign which promised cash prizes from a promo sponsored by Villar Social Institute for Poverty Alleviation of Villar SIPAG (formerly called Villar Foundation).
The misleading posts on Facebook under a fake account or page “Villar Foundation Libreng Pabahay 2018” invited the public to like and share its page to qualify for the supposed promo with a draw date of Dec. 31.
n the latest scam to surface, the scammers even included the raffle permit numbers from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and a lawyer-representative of Cynthia to make the promo look authentic.
“However, we would like to inform the public that the Villar SIPAG or Villar foundation has no ongoing raffle promos or contests,” the lawmaker said.
The senator urged those to immediate report to their office or website, www.villarSIPAG.org any text message that they will receive or validate the information through their official social pages and websites.
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,” the senator said.