Opposition Senators Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan and Risa Hontiveros on Tuesday fell victims to online scams wherein unknown individuals ordered food under their respective names.
Hontiveros warned the public against the scam in a social media post after she received an email confirming receipt of her supposed order amounting to over P17,000.
“Those who want to besmirch my reputation have a new modus. They would pretend to be me and order something under my name and my address,” she said in a Facebook post. “I pity the businesses, employees, and delivery riders who are affected by this.”
The lawmaker said she is mulling legal actions against the perpetrators not only to stop them but also to protect local businesses.
“We are monitoring to study possible legal actions. Not for us but for the businesses and delivery riders,” she said in a text message to reporters.
Pangilinan told the media he also received an email of a supposed order under his name, amounting to over P90,000.
“Our office in the Senate was made received a message that an order was made for frozen meat and wine worth P90,000. It was a fake order. Fortunately, it has yet to be delivered,” he said.
“I urge those who are behind this to stop. Our fellow Filipinos are already suffering from the ill-effects of the pandemic,” he added.
On Monday, Lawyer Barry Gutierrez, spokesperson of Vice President Leni Robredo, announced she fell prey to a fake order scam worth P100,000.
The Office of the Vice President said it is now investigating the incident after returning the multiple orders of groceries placed under Robredo’s name through the delivery app MetroMart.
MetroMart vowed cooperation with the probe and said it has increased its security and fraud detection measures to prevent a repeat of the incident.
“We are calling on the public not to scam, prank and waste the time of our delivery riders and shoppers who are working hard to support their families and are risking their lives to safely deliver groceries to Filipino homes during this pandemic,” the company said in a statement.
Robredo noted that delivery riders and shoppers are the real victims of the scam.
“Maybe they are thinking that the burden is on us but what they failed to understand is that the real victims here are the riders and shoppers,” she said.