MANILA (DWDD) – Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Virginia “Gee” N. Orogo is warning the public against scammers who are using the name of the DSWD and its officials to commit fraudulent activities.
“We would like to remind the public to always exercise caution and vigilance against people claiming as employees or officials of the DSWD. Please report to us any such instances so we can take appropriate actions. We will not allow these impostors to use the Department’s name to take advantage of other people,” Sec. Orogo said.
Just recently, DSWD Field Office in Region V issued a warning against a scammer who is posing as FO V Regional Director Arnel Garcia.
The impostor reportedly asked for money, cellphone load, hotel bookings, and catering services under Dir. Garcia’s name. The Director clarified that he has never asked for any favor from anyone.
DSWD Bicol has already reported to the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) the details of the scammer, who is using the following mobile numbers: 0999693 8760 and 09274267919.
Aside from the case of Dir. Garcia, another instance mentioned a bogus Pantawid Pamilya foundation conducting raffle draws. The DSWD does not hold any raffle draw promo.
The public is advised to immediately report similar instances to the DSWD via its Official Facebook Page, @dswdserves. DSWD SMS / MCAG