By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has warned the public against the proliferation of fake social media accounts using the agency’s name that may be used to extort money in exchange of the availment of government services.
“We would like to warn the public on the proliferation of fake Facebook accounts bearing the name of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). The circulation of these accounts is alarming since they can be used to deceive the public to support or donate money for fake initiatives of the government that will help poor Filipinos,” DSWD Acting Secretary Virginia Orogo said.
One of the said fake accounts was discovered under the profile name, “DSWD PH” which uses the official social media logo of the DSWD field office in Central Luzon.
At present, the Department only maintains one official Facebook account under the link https://www.facebook.com/dswdserves/ and one Twitter page under the account name @dswdserves.
Moreover, the official pages of affiliated DSWD field offices and attached agencies of the Department can be located in the “Pages liked by this page” corner.
“As responsible social media users, we need to learn to discern the truth from bogus information and to be cautious in providing private information in social media and messaging applications. Dubious accounts should also be reported to proper authorities,” Orogo warned.
Last June, the Department also issued a public warning against fake social media accounts and pages that promote illegal adoption of children.