Warning: Text message scam targets Dumaguete diocese
Bishop Julito Cortes of Dumaguete. SCREENSHOT/DYWC-RADYO BANDILYO
By Roy Sorote
February 21, 2020
Scammers are increasingly using church organizations or impersonating bishops to take advantage of people’s generosity and compassion.
On Friday, the Diocese of Dumaguete is warning people to watch out for fake charities and unauthorized solicitation.
In a statement, the diocese said that that Bishop Julito Cortez has not authorized anyone for or on his behalf or in the name of the local Church.
“Any appeal for donations involving name dropping of the bishop or the diocese is a scam,” said Fr. Carmelito Limbaga, Jr., the diocese’s chancellor.
The diocese reacting to reports of “unauthorized solicitation” through text messages asking for donations for the ordination of deacons.
“This solicitation is fraudulent. Please do not fall into this modus and be extra vigilant in addressing a request such as this,” Fr. Limbaga said.
He clarified that all donations for the diocese are coursed through the Office of the Oeconomus or treasurer where donors are given an official receipt for accounting.
The priest asked the public not to send cash donations unless they make verification in the diocese’s chancery office, which can be reached at cellphone numbers 09179901496 or 09217129194.