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DOF warns public of online scams using names of public officials, business leaders

BE VIGILANT! The Department of Finance (DOF) reiterates its warning against false information using the names of public officials and business leaders to scam the public into believing that they are endorsing financial products.

Advertisements using the names of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, Senator Manny Pacquiao, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III, and former Senate President Manny Villar supposedly promoting cryptocurrency and get-rich-quick schemes have proliferated on social media and advertisements on news websites.

According to the DOF, none of these schemes are legitimate.

The DOF urges the public to stay cautious and avoid providing any personal information to these scammers. The Department is working with the anti-cybercrime authorities and other relevant law enforcement agencies to track down and prosecute those behind such schemes. The government is also in contact with social media and online ad companies to track and take down fake posts.

For suspicious investment schemes, you may contact the Enforcement and Investor Protection Department of the SEC through e-mail at epd@sec.gov.ph or through landline at (02) 8818-6337.

For malicious messages, lodge reports to the NBI Anti-Fraud Division at (02) 8525-4093 or e-mail at afad@nbi.gov.ph. You may also send a message through the NBI's website at www.nbi.gov.ph or their official Facebook account. You may also report these incidents to the PNP Anti-Crime Group (PNP-ACG) through www.pnpacg.ph or hotline number at (02) 8723-0401 local 5313.

The DOF has also opened its online channels for netizens to report any posts, advertisements, and messages containing false information. You may send screenshots of the advertisements and communication from suspected to the DOF Facebook Messenger account: m.me/DOFPH.



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