Public Attorneys Office (PAO) Chief Persida Acosta warned the public not to fall for scams using her name.
“Ipinapaalam po sa lahat na si PAO Chief Persida V. Rueda -Acosta ay walang kaugnayan sa mga foundation na namimigay ng pera o nagpapa-raffle (PAO Chief Persida Rueda-Acosta has nothing to do with foundations that give away money or raffle prizes),” Acosta said in her Facebook post on Thursday.
“Kung kayo po ay nakatanggap ng mga text o chat na kayo daw po ay nanalo at ginagamit ang aking pangalan ay huwag po kayo maniniwala (Please do not believe texts or chats using my name and say you won),” she said.
Acosta had earlier warned about a scam that has been circulating in public through text messages.
The message claimed that “I’m ATTY PERSIDA ACOSTA” and it was sent as “assistance in GMA7. “Dahil ber-month na tayo mga Kapuso namimigay kami ng maagang pamasko gamit ang 500/sim card# (Because it’s the ber-months, we are having early Christmas giveaways. U are received (Php150,000.00) (sic),” the message read.
The message also asked the receiver to send his or her address, age, name, work, and status.
Acosta had asked PAO’s lawyers to have the scam investigated.