AFTER receiving reports from delivery service riders being scammed to pay for the blood processing fee through a convenience store, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) on Thursday issued a fresh reminder to the public that it does not require payment for the blood processing fee through any convenience stores.

It strongly advised the public to go directly to their Blood Centers if there are requests and need for blood.

The PRC said the scam is done thus: the scammer issues a booking to pick up blood through the PRC Blood Center. The scammer will then ask the unsuspecting delivery service worker to pay the processing fee through a convenience store. After the victim transfers the money successfully, the person will no longer be able to contact the scammer.

“Marami na ang nahihirapan dahil sa pandemya, huwag niyong samantalahin ang sitwasyon upang makapang loko ng tao [Many continue to experience difficulties because of the pandemic, please don’t take advantage of the situation],” PRC Chairman and CEO Sen. Richard Gordon said.

PRC, which has over 99 blood facilities as of October 2021, provides 50 percent of blood needs in the country, making it the top provider of quality blood in the Philippines.

Gordon encourages everyone, especially the youth, to donate blood every three months, as the need for blood does not stop in this time of the pandemic.

To donate blood, the PRC said that the National Blood Center (PRC TOWER) on No. 37 Edsa corner Boni…

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