By Leslie Aquino
The Catholic Bishops ‘ Conference of the Philippines on Tuesday warned the public against a scam using the name of some bishops to solicit donations.
CBCP Secretary General Father Marvin Mejia issued the warning after Kidapawan Bishop Jose Colin Bagaforo informed them of the scam which already victimized some of his friends.
“Beware of a scam going on, targeting some bishops and their contacts: scammers asking donations for some bogus projects in the dioceses by fraudulently using the name of some bishops or his diocese,” he said in a Notice.
“Bp. Jose Colin M. Bagaforo of the Diocese of Kidapawan has reported to the CBCP that some of his friends had been victims of this evil scheme using his name. We urge everyone to be vigilant and to take much precaution by double checking with the bishop concerned or his office/chancery, if such request happens,” added Mejia.
Inquiries, he said may also be coursed through the CBCP General Secretariat.
Earlier, the Archdiocese of Manila also issued a similar warning after they received information that an unknown individual is using the name of their Chancellor Father Reginald Malicdem to ask for donations supposedly for a gift that will be given to Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle who was recently appointed to a Vatican post.
“This unknown person is asking for donations for a gift (a crosier or pastoral staff) that will be given as ‘pabaon’ for the cardinal,” Malicdem said.
“We wish to warn our faithful against this fraud,” he added.