BUREAU of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Jaime Morente warned the public of an emerging online “modus” using the name of government officials.
Morente shared that he has received reports of unscrupulous individuals using his name and other government officials in soliciting money from unsuspecting victims.
The reports showed that the scammer, in an email, would pretend to be the BI Chief and would seek assistance in sending money abroad for a distressed friend.
The scammer would pretend to have difficulty in sending money and seek his victim’s assistance in wiring money on his behalf.
“This is a scam, attempting to use the name of government employees in their illegal activities,” said Morente.
“The public is warned against this new modus,” he added.
He further warned that any such attempts will be coordinated with cybercrime authorities for investigation. By Jun I. Legaspi