The Philippine Consulate General in Toronto reported to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) about a possible new scam or modus operandi perpetrated by unscrupulous elements against people traveling out of the Philippines.
Their modus operandi involves “Travelling Basic Allowance Policy“ requiring passengers to show actual money at the airport before they are allowed to fly.
In the latest incident, a certain Gary Wine, a Canadian citizen inquired the authenticity of the official document issued to his friend named Ms. Diane Fortin, supposedly asking her a show money of $4,500 by the fictitious government office calling itself Bureau of Aviation.
The Philippine Consulate General in Toronto advised Mr. Wine that there is no such government policy as Supreme Decree No. 2231 or Law 3072 in effect and that no such Philippine government agency as the Bureau of Aviation exists.
The Consulate General likewise advised Mr. Wine to convey to Ms. Fortin that she may want to report the incident to the DFA or the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) for further investigation.
The public is further advised not to send any money, or divulge personal information, particularly bank accounts or credit card numbers in case similar e-mails are received.
They may refer such e-mail messages to the Cybercrimes Division of the NBI and the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) in the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).
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