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Manila church official warns against scam soliciting money

A church official in the Archdiocese of Manila warned the faithful against a scam that uses the name of priests to solicit money from people.

On Tuesday, July 28, church officials learned that a letter was sent to a hospital in Lipa City, Batangas province, asking for financial assistance for COVID-19 testing for the staff of the Manila Cathedral.

The letter was supposedly signed by Fathers Reginald Malicdem and Kali llamado.

“This is a fake letter and our signatures are also fake,” read the announcement from the priests.

“There is also a cellphone number being used to text people presenting himself as Father Kali and asking for donations. Again, this number is fake and is a scam,” it added.

It also informed the public that the email address [email protected]
and the cellphone number 0966-5338843 that the scammer used are fake.

“Please beware of this kind of letters or requests for financial assistance,” said the Manila Cathedral in the announcement.

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In 2018, Father Malicdem also warned fellow priests against the “modus” of an individual who targeted parishes.

Father Malicdem, rector of the Manila Cathedral, said the individual who introduces himself as a bishop would often ask his victims to refer him to a caterer supposedly for an event he is organizing.

He said the person would then ask for cellphone load.

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