“We are once again reminding the public to be wary of impostors who are using the name of the DSWD and its officials to commit fraudulent activities,” DSWD spokesperson, Assistant Secretary Glenda Relova said.
“DSWD officials do not make requests or ask for favors especially relating to money matters. If you are in doubt about a call, please do not entertain further. Report to us such instances so we can take the appropriate actions. We do not want more people to fall victim to these impostors,” she added.
Just recently, the Department received reports about a scammer who is pretending to be DSWD Assistant Secretary for Policy and Plans, Noel M. Macalalad. In one incident, the person reportedly asked for three cellular cards worth 500 pesos each from the Municipal Social Welfare Officer of Tarlac. In another incident, he asked for cellular cards worth P10,000 from the Provincial Social Welfare Officer (PSWDO) of Tawi-Tawi. He also asked the PSWDO to prepare food for 20 people who will be arriving with him in Tawi-Tawi.
The Assistant Secretary, who is currently in India for official business, clarified that he has never asked any favor from anyone.
The scammer is using the following mobile numbers: 0939-158-7958 and 0915-285-2405.
The public is advised to immediately report similar instances to the DSWD through its primary text hotline access number 16545; through email address firstname.lastname@example.org; or, via its Facebook and Twitter accounts.