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PIA Press Release
2006/12/15

Public warned on fake PNP checks

Tacloban City (December 15) - The Philippine National Police in Region 8 warned the public especially the check changers to be very careful in changing checks.

This warning came after an owner of a big store in Tacloban was victimized, changing about P300,000 worth of PNP checks which when deposited in the bank turned out to be fake PNP checks.

General Eliseo dela Paz said that he will personally check into the matter. He revealed that about two weeks ago, another businessman in the City became a victim of fake PNP checks. Fortunately for the businessman, the woman who claimed to be the mother of the policeman, whose check she was changing, was arrested and in now in prison.

The woman even showed a fake PNP ID of her supposed son, General dela Paz said. During the investigation, it was found out that the woman is a part of a 7 man team who came to Region 8. This means that there are other teams within the fake check syndicate who are in the other Regions, General dela Paz said.

General dela Paz issued a stern warning to the perpetrators of the crime saying that the Philippine National Police will go after them.

At the same time, he warned the check-changers not to change checks unless the person who supposedly owns the check is the one encashing the check. He said that most of those check changers know who the policemen are, anyway. Therefore, they should not encash checks especially of people they do not personally know.

He added that it is usually during Christmas Season when this syndicate operates because they are banking on the bonuses of the government employees. It is sad, he said, that it is the PNP checks which they chose to fake.

Only last week, several tricycle drivers complained that they were paid fake coins by some unidentified passengers. Possibly, as most of the passengers claim, they were given fake coins which in turn they used in paying their tricycle fares.

Asked how they come to know that the coins paid to them are fake, one driver showed a magnet. The fake coins, he said sticks to the magnet. The real coin is not attracted to the magnet, he added. (PIA 8) [top]

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