The Manila Cathedral is warning the public against scammers using the names of their priests to solicit money.
The warning was issued Tuesday after the church was informed a letter asking for financial assistance for COVID-19 swab testing for them and their staff supposedly signed by Fathers Reginald Malicdem and Kali llamado was sent to a hospital in Lipa City, Batangas.
The Manila Cathedral posted a copy of the fake letter on their Facebook page.
“This is a fake letter and our signatures are also fake. There is also a cell phone number being used to text people presenting himself as Fr. Kali and asking for donations. Again, this number is fake and is a scam,” read the announcement of Manila Cathedral.
It also informed the public that the email address [email protected]
and the cell phone number 0966-5338843 as both fake.
“Please beware of this kind of letter or requests for financial assistance,” said the Manila Cathedral.
In 2018, Malicdem also warned fellow priests on the “modus” of an individual who introduces himself as a bishop asking his victims for cell phone load.