Fraud concern for Philippines Landslide Appeal

Following the recent landslide disaster in the Philippines, Caritas Australia is concerned that some Australian-based Catholic hospitals and missions have been contacted by people purporting to be representatives of a hospital in Southern Leyte, requesting urgent medical treatment for orphans.

Caritas has received reports that in some cases, these requests have been made by reverse charge phone calls from the Philippines.

The callers have requested immediate financial assistance to be directed to an individual's bank account.

Caritas Australia and Caritas Philippines are very concerned that this is a fraudulent request and encourage any individual or organisation not to give financial assistance to these callers if approached.

On 17 February a massive landslide buried an entire village - some 500 houses - in Barangay Guinsaugon, in the town of St Bernard, Southern Leyte province.

According to media reports, as many as 1,800 people lost their lives in the tragedy.

Fraud Concern for Philippines Landslide Appeal (Caritas Australia 17/3/06)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Caritas Australia Philippines Landslide Appeal

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20 Mar 2006