Sara warns the public against the online lending company

DAVAO City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio has warned the public against an online lending company that uses her photo in its online post to lure customers, saying it is not related to such a business.

In a statement released Sunday, July 28, Duterte-Carpio warned the public against being duped by their too-good-to-be-true offer using his name and photo.

“This is to alert the public to an online lending company that has illegally used my picture to apparently deceive the public into thinking I am an endorser of their service,” she said in the communicated.

She added: “I am not associated with PesosPh or other online lending companies that offer the public fast cash loans with exorbitant fees and interest.”

The photo of Duterte-Carpio, illegally used by PesosPh, is making the rounds on social networks. It shows the town’s mayor in his pink government uniform showing a piece of paper, in an attempt to trick the public into taking advantage of PesosPh’s services.

Duterte-Carpio said she posted the original photo on her Instagram account when she placed her bet for the 800 million peso jackpot of the UltraLotto 6/58 game at one of the outlets on Mabini Street. in October 2018. She posed while holding her receipt from the lotto game.

“Treat yourself for all your access, all oras, every day. Get your cash loans in 5 minutes,” PesosPh said in its online post.

The PesosPh has urged the public to “send online and apply quickly” for a chance to qualify for loans amounting to P300,000, P500,000, P800,000, P1million and P2million.

“The public is both warned and advised to always be cautious in their dealings with individuals, groups, organizations and businesses that use my name in their business,” Duterte-Carpio said.

Meanwhile, Duterte-Carpio called on the public to report to authorities if they were fooled by the scheme.

“I strongly recommend that the public immediately report to the PNP or the NBI any fraudulent companies or those using my name to pursue their illegal activities,” she said.

Troy M. Hoffman