Fr. Gregory Ramon D. Gaston, rector of Pontificio Collegio Filippino in Rome is warning the public about a hacked email account that is being used to solicit money with the bogus claim of raising fund to pay for the hospital bills of Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle, Former Archbishop of Manila. Cardinal Tagle is currently assigned at the Vatican working as prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.
In a message sent by Fr. Gaston to the Archdiocese of Manila Office of Communications, he said that the email being used is under the name of an alleged Dr. Ramon Ramos.
“A hacked email is being used to solicit money for His Eminence Luis Antonio Card. Tagle’s alleged hospitalization in UMC De La Salle, Dasmarinas City, Cavite. The hacked email containing the fraudulent appeal bears the name of Dr. Ramon Ramos from Imus, Cavite (Cardinal Tagle’s hometown),” Fr. Gaston said.
The priest also confirmed that Cardinal Tagle is in good health performing his tasks in his office at the Vatican concerning of evangelization.
“Please rest assured that Cardinal Tagle is doing well in Rome, carrying out his ministry at the Vatican as Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. As you will see in today’s news, Card. Tagle was received by Pope Francis at noon of March 22, 2021, in an Audience with the residents of the Pontificio Collegio Filippino, who celebrate the 60th anniversary of the institution,” Fr. Gaston said.
In 2015, Cardinal Tagle’s personal email address was hacked.
In January 2020, before Cardinal Tagle flew to the Vatican for his new assignment, a fraudulent text message also circulated asking for cash donations to buy a gift for the Cardinal during an alleged farewell mass and testimonial dinner.
The public is warned and reminded that the official communications channel of the Cardinal is only through the Vatican and not through any private person using email or social media accounts. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)