Bogus collectors dupe churchgoers

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Beware of bogus collectors during Mass. Better yet, know the time when cash donations are collected, especially if you are in Baclaran Church.

In light of the huge number of people expected to troop to the National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help—also called the Redemptorist Church—to hear Mass on Christmas Day, a Church official advised the public to avoid getting duped by unscrupulous people disguising themselves as the Church’s sanctioned collectors.

According to Fr. Victorino Cueto, the Church rector, his office has been receiving reports from churchgoers that they have been hoodwinked by people making a second collection during Mass.

“We never have any second collection in Baclaran Church,” Cueto said, stressing that the Church’s Mass collectors only go around to collect donations right after the homily so they will be done with their work in time for the offertory.

He said a woman, who realized she had given money to a bogus collector, went to his office one day and asked if the Church just had a second collection. She said someone had gone around collecting money before the homily.

“She only realized that she had given money to the wrong collector when our own Mass collectors came to her row after the homily,” the priest said.

Unsuccessful chase

Another incident occurred during the Holy Week this year after a liturgical celebration in the evening.

It appeared that the fake collectors took advantage of the large number of churchgoers attending the event and went around soliciting donations.

“We tried to run after them but we were not successful,” the priest said.

“That’s why we warn the public every now and then, specially before the Mass starts, to be wary of these people pretending to be collectors,” Cueto said. “We issue the warning specially this Christmas when many people are expected to attend Mass.”

He appealed to those involved in the modus operandi to stop duping people of money intended for the church’s social mission apostolate.

Uniformed collectors

“I hope they respect the Church and the people’s intentions in making donations,” Cueto said. “These innocent churchgoers want to help the Church in its programs, especially our social mission apostolate. Deception will never be justified.”

To prevent churchgoers from getting deceived, the Church has issued new uniforms to its collectors—the only problem is these church collectors  regularly change the design of their uniforms.

The shrine’s 24-hour security service has been alerted about the fraud, Cueto said.

Next year, he said, the closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras installed in the church would be upgraded to beef up security.

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  • malek_abdul

    Siguro pati abuloy sa patay hindi palalampasin ng mga kawatang ito. Tigas talaga ng sikmura.

  • Menyet

    The best thing to do it remove this collector inside the mass. For those priest dont collect money during the mass, if anybody wants to donate go straight to the office of that church and directly donate. Dont pass money to any collector in the mass even bogus or correct collector. Dont give money to them.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/CFZ2Q7RFJ6PWRYMM3NJ7JB4KSE Dynamic

    Take the mask and the hood of the collector and see if he’s a wolf.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IGLQQ2TTZF3BAWUHUWLFWVPZDE Vladymir

    Do not give any more donation ,the catholic church is so rich already, besides they don’t give it back to the poor ,the money you donate is channeled straight to the vatican and to their multibillion businesses.Tax the rcc now and all other so called religion.

  • Rovingmoron

    Biro mo nga naman, kahit sa simbahan ay merong mga taong walanghiya. I couldn’t imagine these bastards can do such an evil act of deceivement, taking advantage of innocent devotees. For goodness sake, let’s put a stop to this. When people get hungry (hope not for drugs), they resort to all kinds sinister ideas to earn money. Bless them, oh, Lord for they do not know what they’re doing.

  • AlexanderAmproz

    Tell me what is the difference between giving money to the Church or to a thief ?

    The Church is already rich and don’t need it, a thief could have a suffering family needing urgent help, maybe it’s an nicer investment for Christmas, who Know ?

    Thief to thief, give it to the poorest, this the Christian attitude.

  • Horst Manure

    Vatican richest square mile on Earth.  

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_U62PHGMKO4RK7BLMC4ACA4EG5A EREC

    Simple lang kasi minsan may kasabihan……..huwag kang gumawa ng masama para dika gawan ng masama. Ngayon hayaghayagan nang winawalanghiya ang simbahang Romano – Katoliko ng katoliko din dahil siguro ang pagkakaalam ng gumagawa ng masama ay gawain din ng simbahan. Wake up Roman Catholic bishops & clergies this shows you are loosing your flocks….as I said you have to REFORM.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_U62PHGMKO4RK7BLMC4ACA4EG5A EREC

    Simple lang gustong ipakita nito na ang mga leader ng simbahang katoliko ay hindi na ka resperespeto dahil sa kanila naring gawain. REFORM…….REFORM… respect the constitution of the Philippines or else you will not ever or never respected…. REMOVE SAINTS that intruduce by VATICAN to the Pilipino catholics. The priest must have wife and family..

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