DSWD Warns of Fake Cash Aid Scam for Graduating Students

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has issued a warning about a fraudulent Facebook page claiming to offer P5,000 to graduating students in exchange for their personal information, emphasizing that no such program exists and reminding the public to guard their personal data in compliance with the Data Privacy Act of 2012, as shared on the official FB page of DSWD.

DSWD fake program for grads
Credits: DSWD / Facebook

Understanding the Scam

The scam centers on a dubious Facebook page that lures unsuspecting students by offering them P5,000 upon their graduation, contingent upon the registration and submission of their personal information. 

The catch? No such program exists under the auspices of the department.


DSWD’s Stance on Data Privacy

In its commitment to uphold the integrity and privacy of Filipino citizens, the DSWD has reiterated that it operates in strict compliance with the Data Privacy Act of 2012 (Republic Act No. 10173). 

The act prohibits unauthorized collection and misuse of personal information, emphasizing that the department does not engage in such practices.

Walang programa ang DSWD na nagbibigay ng P5,000 cash assistance para sa lahat ng mga estudyante na magtatapos ngayong taon,” the department clarified. 

This statement translates to: “The DSWD has no program that offers P5,000 cash assistance to all graduating students this year.”

fake program for grads
Credits: DSWD / Facebook

Further stressing the importance of data privacy, the department stated, “Nais naming bigyang-diin na kailanman ay hindi hihingin ng mga kawani ng DSWD ang inyong personal na impormasyon dahil ito ay labag sa Data Privacy Act of 2012.” 

This means, “We want to emphasize that DSWD personnel will never ask for your personal information as it is against the Data Privacy Act of 2012.”

How to Protect Yourself from Scams

  1. Verify Information Sources: Always check the legitimacy of the information. 
    • The department advises the public to consult only its official, verified social media accounts or website for updates on legitimate programs.
  2. Guard Your Personal Data: Do not share personal information online, especially on unverified platforms or websites. 
    • This precaution can help protect you from identity theft and fraud.
  3. Report Suspicious Activities: If you encounter similar fraudulent schemes, report them immediately to the proper authorities. 
    • The DSWD encourages reporting such pages to help safeguard others from falling victim.

DSWD’s Efforts in Information Dissemination

The DSWD continues to work diligently to inform the public about its legitimate programs and services. 

By maintaining open lines of communication and transparency, the department aims to foster a well-informed public that can steer clear of deceptive schemes.

What are some of DSWD’s Educational Assistance Programs?

The Department of Social Welfare and Development provides a range of educational assistance programs for Filipino students. Click each to learn more about them:

  • DSWD Educational Cash Assistance: Offers financial support for tuition, transportation, and educational materials to underprivileged students.
  • DSWD Government Internship Program: Provides work experience and skills development for young Filipinos through internships at various DSWD offices.
  • DSWD ProtecTEEN Project: Focuses on protecting teenagers from abuse and exploitation, promoting their rights, and social development through educational activities.

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The rise of social media has unfortunately also paved the way for new forms of fraudulent activities. 

As we continue to navigate the complexities of the digital age, staying informed and vigilant is our best defense against scams. 

Remember, if an offer seems too good to be true, it probably is. Always double-check with official sources and keep your personal information secure.

The DSWD remains committed to serving and protecting the interests of all Filipinos, especially the vulnerable and marginalized sectors. 

By staying informed and cautious, we can all help prevent the spread of these malicious scams and ensure that help reaches those who truly need it.

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