Police warn public against Mayor Binay impostor

Posted at 04/03/2014 9:01 PM

MANILA -- A con artist is reportedly posing as Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin "Junjun" Binay to solicit donations from companies and establishments, police warned on Thursday.

Makati police chief Senior Supt. Manuel Lukban, Jr. said the suspect calls up people and introduces himself as Mayor Binay.

The suspect then makes a pitch about needing the support of the company or establishment for a charity event.

In some instances, the suspect uses calamity victims as the intended beneficiaries. He then gives a bank account number and account name where the donation can be deposited.

In a report sent to Binay, Lukban said that he has dispatched police to banks to investigate certain account names and numbers allegedly used by the suspect.

Among the fraudulent account names given by the caller to targets were "Roberto Mercadal" and "Jonathan Delgado."

Initial investigation conducted by the Makati police traced one of the accounts to a Metrobank branch, which was verified as a payroll account, Lukban said in a press statement.

However, the bank manager said she could not provide more details because of the Bank Secrecy Law.

Upon checking, investigators found out that the accounts have already been closed.

Lukban said that the suspect and his cohorts withdraw all deposits whenever they sense that their ploy has failed.

They have also managed to evade arrest by refusing to meet the target victims in person.

Instead, they insist that the victims deposit the money.

Binay reiterated his warning to the public not to be deceived by the impostor.

He said he has not authorized any person or organization to use his name to solicit donations.

"I urge the public to be vigilant and immediately alert the authorities if they receive such a call from someone pretending to be me. I am counting on your cooperation and support to bring the perpetrator and his cohorts to justice," Binay said.