THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) warned the public Thursday, April 11, against unscrupulous people introducing themselves as PDEA personnel and demanding for cellphone load.
PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino issued the statement following an incident in Davao City on April 4, when one of their staff received a call saying that PDEA-Davao Director Antonio Rivera and his companions will drop by their office.
The caller also asked for P3,000 worth of cellphone load, which was immediately sent by the PDEA staff.
After the load transaction was completed, the staff called the number but it was already unattended.
The staff then called Rivera’s office but found out that no visit was scheduled.
“Do not be fooled. It is a strategy of swindlers exacting cellphone load using the identity of people in authority. They tried to defraud victims by riding the crest of the intensified national anti-drug campaign,” Aquino said.
"The PDEA advises the public after ending the conversation with a suspicious caller to confirm the appointment first by calling the official contact numbers of PDEA offices and personnel. Immediately report any fraud or scam carried out through phone calls, texts or internet using the name of the Agency," he added.
Reports may be relayed by texting PDEA 24/7 Hotlines: 09998887332, 09255737332 and 09178677332 or calling PDEA at (02) 920-0735 and (02) 920-0736, said Aquino. (SunStar Philippines)