MANILA The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Tuesday cautioned the public against a website misrepresenting itself as the official procurement agency of the Philippine government.
In an advisory, the DOJ said the Philippines Project Award Commission (PPAC) with a website philippinesprojectawardscommission.info is claiming that it is the central procurement agency of the Philippine government to defraud the general public.
The fraudulent website also said its authorized agents are the "Champs Court" and "Champion Court Business Consulting Agency".
The DOJ said it is neither a recognized state agency nor a legally registered corporation listed in the Securities and Exchange Commission.
In the said bogus website, the PPAC illegally conducts online public bidding, makes solicitation from foreign entities aside from issuing fake official receipts that are allegedly coming from Philippine government agencies, among other activities.
With this, the DOJ urged the public to be extra cautious in doing business online to avoid being victimized by other similar fake websites.
The public is advised to report transaction attempts by the mentioned website to the DOJ Office of Cybercrime (email@example.com); the National Bureau of Investigation (526-1294); and the Philippine National Police-Anti-Cybercrime Group (723-0401 local 5313).
The DOJ reiterated that the Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System (PhilGEPS) is the sole centralized electronic portal that serves as the official source of information on government procurement. (PNA)
Source: Philippine News Agency