The implementation of the Private Motor Vehicle Inspection Center has barely begun, but there are already scams floating around. That's according to the Department of Transport (DOTr), who recently posted an advisory on their Facebook page.
So, what's the scam? The agency said there are some individuals or groups who 'have been purportedly posing as representatives and/or agents of officials and personnel of the Department of Transportation and Land Transportation Office (DOTr-LTO).' Not only that, some name drop officials in a bid to fork money out of the motoring public for “favors” and “benefits”.
“These solicitations are fraudulent, unauthorized, illegal, and absolutely prohibited. The DOTr and LTO condemn these activities in no uncertain terms, and categorically deny any involvement or participation in said schemes”, said the DOTr.
With that, the DOTr and LTO would like to remind the public that dealing with these scammers is illegal. Not only that, dealing with these individuals could land you in trouble in the long run. Of course, DOTr and LTO officials are now coming after these fixers. At the same time, these agencies urge the public to report such activities to the proper authorities.
To avoid being victimized by these people, the LTO and DOTr remind the public not to entertain their supposed offers. It's one of the few ways to drive out these individuals lurking around PMVICs. Remember, transactions must be done with authorized personnel, and communication should be through the official channels.