The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said on Saturday that is not holding any kind of raffle draw or giving away cash prizes online, especially over Facebook.
The DSWD issued the warning in the wake of reports regarding multiple Facebook posts saying the department is giving away P50,000 to P60,000 from its Social Amelioration Program as cash prizes. According to a report received by DSWD, the posts are usually conducted to undertake phishing for information by asking netizens to send their full name, address, and contact number to another FB account.
Phishing is a fraudulent attempt to obtain sensitive information or data, such as usernames, passwords and credit card details, from people using social media.
DSWD urged the public to refer only to its official Facebook account, Department of Social Welfare and Development, and Twitter account, @dswdserves; and to the DSWD website, dswd.gov.ph for updates and official information on its program and services.
Hence, the DSWD appealed to the public to be vigilant and to refrain from participating in dubious activities perpetrated over social media by unscrupulous individuals. SOVEREIGNPH