PDEA warns against scammers posing as agents asking for cellphone load

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The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has warned the public against unscrupulous people posing as officers from the agency who ask for thousands of pesos worth of cellphone load.

PDEA Director General Aaron N. Aquino made the warning after one of their offices in Davao City was victimized by scammers last April 4.

A spurious mobile phone call was received by one of their staff allegedly originating from PDEA Regional Office-11 saying that Regional Director Antonio E. Rivera and companions will drop by their office. The caller also asked for a cellphone load amounting to P3,000.

The staff, who received the call, immediately went out to buy the load. However, after the load transaction was completed, and when the staff called the number, it was already unattended.

The employee then called PDEA RO-11 to confirm the visit, but found out that Rivera is not visiting any PDEA satellite office in the region.

“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: 0999-888-7332, 0925-573-7332 and 0917-867-7332 or call PDEA Hotlines: (02) 920-0735 and (02) 920-0736. (PNA)