MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Food and Drug Administration warned the public against “impostors” claiming to be its officers and soliciting money for so-called FDA activities.

FDA OIC Nicolas Lutero III said they learned of the racket after a company reported that a man claiming to be an FDA officer called it and made such a solicitation.

“The public is hereby advised to report unknown individuals or groups asking for any money or contribute funds for any FDA activities including demand for any consideration in exchange for the release of FDA authorizations such as License to Operate and the Certificate of Product Registration,” Lutero said.

He also reminded the public that seeking funds for FDA activities in exchange for the release of documents is illegal “and will never be tolerated by FDA management.”

“Individuals or companies doing so shall be dealt with accordingly,” he said.

Lutero advised parties that may have received any form of such solicitation to inform the FDA via report@fda.gov.ph or the National Bureau of Investigation’s Cyber Crime Division at 5238231, or ccd@nbi.gov.ph. (MNS)