STATE deposit insurer Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation (PDIC) warned the public against a scam designed to dupe people into parting with their hard-earned money in exchange for purported cash winnings from bogus raffle draws.
The PDIC said the scam is designed to lure the public into giving cash for the empty promise of a prize from a non-existent raffle.
In an advisory posted in its website, PDIC said that in the modus operandi, target victims receive calls about their so-called winnings involving cash prizes in raffle draws allegedly conducted by a certain media network.
The target victims are then instructed to contact a person to claim their prize. When called, this person will require the target victims to pay a certain amount via a remittance agency for “purposes of PDIC insurance.”
According to the advisory, PDIC is not involved in any raffle draw or other contests with media networks and other organizations.
As state deposit insurer, PDIC insures deposits in banks up to the maximum deposit insurance coverage of P500,000 per depositor per bank.
The advisory clarified that only deposits placed in banks are covered by PDIC’s deposit insurance and claim for deposit insurance may be made only upon closure of the bank.
In November last year, PDIC warned the public of another scam where certain individuals represented themselves either as officers of PDIC or related government agencies and claimed that, for a fee, they could assist depositors in expediting payment of deposit insurance claims and facilitating payment of claims even beyond the MDIC.
Any information about scams or potential scams may be reported directly to the PDIC Public Assistance Department through telephone numbers 841-4630 or 841-4631 (for callers within Metro Manila) and 1-800-1-888-7342 or 1-800-1-888-PDIC (for callers outside Metro Manila), or through e-mail at email@example.com.
The public may also send a private message on Facebook through www.facebook.com/OfficialPDIC. (PR)