MANILA, Philippines – Unscrupulous groups posing as embassy personnel are conning relatives of Filipinos living or working in the United Kingdom through phone calls.
The Philippine Embassy in London reported to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) that fraudsters phone parents or any close relatives of a Pinoy in the UK and inform them that their kin has been arrested or had been involved in a serious accident.
After introducing themselves as embassy personnel, they will then ask the relatives to immediately send money to allow the post to work for the immediate release from prison or hospital of the OFW, and arrange for his or her repatriation.
“The public is advised that the DFA and its Embassies and Consulates all over the world extend assistance to Filipinos in distress at no monetary cost to them or their family,” the embassy said in a press release.
It added that coordination with an OFW family is made through its DFA office in Manila.
“In urgent cases, the Embassy may call the family directly to convey information or secure other details or authorizations from the family, but never to solicit money,” it said.
Filipinos in abroad are urged not disclose personal information to persons who are not known to them or are not legitimate banking or remittance companies.
“Unsolicited e-mail requesting such details, in relation to alleged cash prizes from lottery or raffle, should be ignored and deleted,” it said.
The public is also urged to contact the nearest Philippine embassy or consulate or the DFA’s office of Intelligence and Security at (632) 831-8921 or email [email protected]
for any suspicious telephone calls allegedly coming from the DFA or any of its foreign posts.