Scam artists victimizing OFWs

Community News & Features May 16, 2004 at 11:12 am

TORONTO–The Philippine Consulate General in Toronto has been informed of an ongoing scam which victimizes Filipino workers abroad.

The fraud’s modus operandi involves instructing the victims to deposit a considerable amount in a Philippine bank in the pretext of eventually collecting winnings from a lottery in the Philippines, such as PAGCOR or the PGMA Foundation.

Following are the alleged names in the scam:

• “Ms. Tina Ramos”
• “Atty. Armando Lopez”
• “Joey C. Paparon”
• “Zandy Ventura”
• “Atty. Valdez”–
• “Rosemarie Garcia”
• “Atty. Lopez”

These cases have been referred to the National Bureau of Investigation in the Philippines and to other government agencies concerned for investigation and prosecution.

Should there be a similar occurrence in Toronto and/or the GTA, the affected person is encouraged to bring it to the attention of the Consulate General, at telephone number 416- 922-7181 or e-mail address:, or by mail addressed to the Philippine Consulate General, 161 Eglinton Avenue East, Suite 800, Toronto, Ontario M4P 1J5.