OWWA Issues Warning: Scammers on Social Media

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) has issued an important warning to the public about a recent scam involving the name of its administrator, Arnell Ignacio, as shared on the official FB page of OWWA.

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Credits: OWWA / Facebook

The Scam Explained

Scammers are using social media to impersonate OWWA Administrator Arnell Ignacio. They create fake profiles and pages and claim to offer services in exchange for money. These posts may look convincing and use official-sounding language, making it difficult to identify them as fraudulent.


Impersonating government agencies and notable leaders on social media is a favorite tactic of scammers. 

While there’s no single source for worldwide statistics, the signs are clear: this is a major problem.

News articles regularly expose fake profiles designed to steal personal information or money.

Social media platforms like Facebook are constantly removing millions of fake pages, some of which impersonate government entities, not just in the Philippines, but worldwide.

Here’s how to protect yourself:

  • Be wary of direct messages from supposed government entities.
  • Watch out for urgent requests for money or personal information.
  • Look for grammatical errors and unprofessional content, which are signs of a fake account.
  • Don’t be swayed by promises of unrealistic rewards or benefits.
  • If you see a suspicious account, report it to the social media platform and avoid any interaction. Always rely on official government websites for verified information and contact details.

Recent Victim

One recent case involved a netizen who was tricked into giving P5,000 to a scammer. This victim believed they were receiving legitimate help from OWWA, only to realize later that they had been deceived.

OWWA’s Official Statement

The administration has made it clear that the agency does not ask for money in exchange for its services. 

Any posts or messages claiming otherwise are scams. 

If you come across such pages or posts, it is crucial to report them immediately.

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Credits: OWWA / Facebook



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Credits: OWWA / Facebook
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Credits: OWWA / Facebook

How to Report Scammers

If you encounter any suspicious activity or pages using Arnell Ignacio’s name, report it to the administration using the following contact information:

  • Email: legal@owwa.gov.ph
  • Mobile No./ Viber: +639175805720
  • Landline: +632 (8)551-6638

Reporting these scams helps protect others from falling victim and assists authorities in tracking down the perpetrators.

Identifying Official Accounts

OWWA has provided a list of the official Facebook profiles for Administrator Arnell Ignacio. 

Be sure to verify these before you interact with them to ensure they are legitimate. 

The official accounts are:

Always double-check the authenticity of these pages and be cautious of any unsolicited messages or offers.

Tips for Avoiding Scams

Be Skeptical of Unsolicited Offers

If you receive an unsolicited message offering help or asking for money, be skeptical. Scammers often use pressure tactics to make you act quickly without thinking. Here are some steps to follow:

  • Pause and Reflect: Take a moment to think about the offer. Scammers rely on creating a sense of urgency to pressure you into making quick decisions.
  • Look for Red Flags: Be wary of messages that contain poor grammar, unusual requests, or offers that seem too good to be true.
  • Ask Questions: If you are unsure about the legitimacy of the offer, ask detailed questions. Scammers often provide vague or inconsistent answers.
  • Consult Others: Talk to friends, family, or colleagues about the offer. They may help you identify potential scams.

Verify Information

Before engaging with any social media account claiming to be an official representative of OWWA, verify the information through official channels. Follow these steps:

  • Visit Official Websites: Go to the official OWWA website to check for any announcements or warnings related to scams.
  • Contact OWWA Directly: Use the official contact information to speak with a representative. They can confirm whether the account or message is legitimate.
  • Check Official Accounts: Ensure you are following the verified social media pages of OWWA and its administrators. Look for the verified badge or check their list of official accounts.

Report Suspicious Activity

Do not hesitate to report any suspicious activity. 

Reporting helps authorities take action against scammers and protects others from being targeted. 

Here’s how you can report effectively:

  • Gather Evidence: Take screenshots of the messages, posts, or pages that seem suspicious. This information will be helpful for authorities.
  • Use Official Reporting Channels: Send your report to OWWA using their official email (legal@owwa.gov.ph), mobile/Viber (+639175805720), or landline (+632 (8)551-6638).
  • Report to Social Media Platforms: Use the reporting tools available on social media platforms to flag the suspicious pages or posts. This can help get the accounts suspended or removed.
  • Follow Up: After reporting, follow up with OWWA to check the status of your report and see if any additional information is needed.

Protect Your Personal Information

Protecting your personal information online is crucial in avoiding scams. Follow these tips to safeguard your data:

  • Limit What You Share: Be cautious about the personal information you share on social media. Avoid posting sensitive details such as your address, phone number, or financial information.
  • Use Strong Passwords: Create strong, unique passwords for your accounts and change them regularly. Avoid using easily guessable information like birthdays or simple sequences.
  • Enable Two-Factor Authentication: Use two-factor authentication (2FA) for an added layer of security. This makes it harder for scammers to access your accounts.

Stay Informed

Staying informed about the latest scams and fraud tactics is essential in protecting yourself. Here’s how you can stay updated:

  • Follow Official Sources: Follow OWWA’s official social media accounts and subscribe to their newsletters for updates and warnings about scams.
  • Read News Reports: Keep up with news reports and articles about recent scams and fraud tactics. Being aware of new methods can help you recognize and avoid them.
  • Attend Awareness Programs: Participate in workshops or seminars conducted by OWWA or other organizations focused on digital safety and scam prevention.

Educate Others

Sharing knowledge about scam prevention can help protect your community. Here’s how you can spread awareness:

  • Talk to Family and Friends: Discuss the latest scams with your loved ones and share tips on how to stay safe.
  • Use Social Media: Share posts and articles about scam prevention on your social media accounts to reach a wider audience.
  • Organize Community Meetings: If possible, organize meetings or webinars in your community to educate people about scams and how to avoid them.

By following these tips and staying vigilant, you can protect yourself and others from falling victim to scams. 

Remember, staying informed and cautious is your best defense against fraud.


Scammers are becoming increasingly sophisticated in their methods, but by staying informed and cautious, you can protect yourself from falling victim. 

Remember, OWWA will never ask for money in exchange for its services. 

If you encounter any suspicious activity, report it immediately using the contact information provided. 

Stay safe and vigilant online to ensure you do not become a victim of fraud.

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