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Dominguez asks DOJ's help vs fake cryptocurrency traders

July 30, 2020 - Thursday 4:07 PM by PNA

Article Banner Image DOF Secretary Carlos Dominguez III

MANILA – Department of Finance (DOF) Secretary Carlos Dominguez III has asked the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to run after the people behind the fake cryptocurrency trading that are using names of government officials and celebrities.

In a letter sent to Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra, which was received at the DOJ on July 28, 2020 based on the copy of the letter shared by Dominguez to journalists, the DOF chief said there have been several Facebook posts that illegally use his name “to promote a fake cryptocurrency auto-trading platform called ‘bitcoin revolution’.”

“Similar investment ploys using the names of some Finance and Treasury officials in other countries as well as Filipino celebrities is likewise used in an attempt to dupe the public into falling for the scam,” he said.

Dominguez said they have reported these posts to Facebook “to prevent the spread of these hoaxes.”

He, however, said the “perpetrator of such acts may still continue to find other avenues to pursue their malicious activities.”

“Thus, we request the assistance of the Department of Justice (DOJ) Cybercrime Office to track, identify and prosecute those responsible for these posts,” he said.

Dominguez said he has yet to receive any feedback from DOJ on his request. Joann Villanueva