DOLE warns OFWs vs online scam

Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III warned the public against unscrupulous individuals who are using the social media to solicit money from overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). "I am advising the public, especially our OFWs, to be vigilant so as not to be victimized by these individuals," Bello said. He disclosed that some people are using his name on a fake Facebook account to convince their potential victims, primarily targeting OFWs to invest their hard-earned money in bogus businesses. "I urge you not to give any information, especially financial in nature, to unidentified persons," Bello said after he was alerted of the scheme. He advised the public to transact with legitimate business entities so that they will not be victimized by scammers. He added that they have also reported the scam to Facebook management for added protection to Filipino workers. Bello also urged the public to report to the Department's Hotline 1349 any information similar to the said scheme.

Source: Philippine Information Agency