DAVAO - Be wary of texts soliciting money in behalf of Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte. The mayor's name is being used by text scammers to solicit funds for bogus fundraising projects, the city government of Davao warned on its social media page.
"The office of Mayor Inday Sara wishes to inform the public that she has not authorized anyone to solicit money on her behalf nor is she involved in any fundraising activity," the Davao government said in a statement. Several individuals reportedly received messages from a certain "Nathan Garanzo" who introduced himself as part of the mayor's staff.
In his message, Garanzo appealed to the public to donate money for Duterte's alleged fundraising projects for those affected by recent typhoons in Batanes, and victims of the Davao blast. If someone responds, the scammer would then provide an account number under the name of a certain "Rechie Banduriao", allegedly the head of Mayor Inday Sara's finance team. The Davao City government urged the public to avoid dealing with unscrupulous text senders and to be vigilant against any modus that asks for money to be deposited into certain bank accounts