Manny Villar warns public of FB scam promising house and lot raffle from his foundation
The family of bilyonaryo Manny Villar has warned the public against scams currently circulating through text (SMS) messages and social media that claim that the family was set to raffle off a house in December.
Senator Cynthia Villar deplored the misleading post on Facebook under a fake account/page “Villar Foundation Libreng Pabahay 2018” which invites people to like and share its page to qualify for a supposed raffle of a house on December 31, 2017 (draw date).
She said the original post has since been taken down as well as the re-shared posts. “Similar posts may resurface on social media and other platforms,” she said.
“We urge everyone to be more discriminating and do not believe or repost everything they see online. We will continue to be vigilant against scammers to prevent them from victimizing unsuspecting people,” Villar said.
She said that this was not the first time that text scams were circulated to malign the Villar name and their foundation.
In 2010, text messages claiming to be from Senator Manny Villar’s alleged housing foundation ‘Handog-Pabahay sa OFW’ and promising cash rewards for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) also circulated.
Similar text (SMS) messages have been circulating on and off. It can be traced back during the campaign period for the presidential elections in 2010 and then resurfaced during the campaign period for the national elections in 2013, when Senators Manny Villar and Cynthia Villar ran for president and senator, respectively.