The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) has cautioned the public to be vigilant against scammers posing as employees who facilitate registration for the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys).
In an advisory on Saturday, the PSA said it has been receiving reports that some individuals have been posing as part of the PhilSys team, who unlawfully process the Philippine identification card (PhilID) with corresponding charges.
According to the PSA, a certain community group with Facebook account “Philippine National ID (News & Information)” and an individual branding himself as “Calvin Processings” are reportedly collecting fees for the PhilID registration.
Some of the modus of these fake accounts are luring their target victims by posting deceptive information such as giving prioritization to their supposed clients for the PhilSys’ registration. They also ask clients to pay for continuous transactions.
The PSA said that registration under PhilSys is free of charge.
It also emphasized that acquiring the national ID would be free for all Filipinos and shall comply with the Data Privacy Act of 2012 wherein the collection of data and information would be automatically be encrypted into the PSA server.
Those captured personal data and information should be directly posted in the PhilSys registry for protection and should be posted on social media.
PSA warned the public that the genuine PhilSys personnel should properly introduce themselves, representing the PSA office and the PhilSys project.
So the public must immediately report fake posts, pages, or individuals with illegal activities and transactions related to the PhilSys project.
The public is also urged to transact with legitimate PSA field personnel.Netizens can report illegal activities related to PhilSys to the PSA PhilSys’ official account via link https://www.facebook.com/PSAPhilSysOfficial or may call at PhilSys hotline at 1388 (call is not free). SOVEREIGNPH