BEWARE: Thief applies as teacher then robs schools

The alleged modus operandi of a thief posing as fine arts graduate from the University of Sto. Tomas is to apply as teacher then rob schools.

Eleazardo Kasilag, president of the Federation of Private School Associations and Administrators (FAPSA), told The Philippine Star that his school, St. Nicholas School of Marikina, had fallen victim to the scammer last week.

The suspect, identified in the report as one France Gianne F. De Venecia and assumed to be in her early 20's, allegedly stole P26,000 cash from a bag inside the administrator's office.

According to Kasilag, who was in South Korea when the robbery took place, the con artist initially applied for a teaching position. Once inside the SNS office, she volunteered to give a free mural painting and restoration service.

Kasilag's daughter, Margot, asked for permission to grant the proposal which he approved since it was free. Besides, the suspect presented a fake UST letter about the beautification program to make her bogus offer even more convincing.

The FAPSA official reportedly said De Venecia hung around the office for almost 3 hours to get everyone's confidence. When the opportunity came, the thief opened the bag containing the money and ran away.

UST has denied any affiliation with the suspect.