Some Kapuso stars were alarmed because of what they discovered. Fake made accounts in social media using their names and photos are rampant nowadays. The accounts ask donation and personal information. Maine Mendoza and Marian Rivera are some of the victim of the said issue.
The social media Posts of the fake accounts
An impostor made an account named “Marian Rivera’ in Facebook account. The account garnered more than 70,000 likes. It looks legit in a first look. The fake account announced that 5,000 will be given to all Kapuso fans but should make message in private.
However, a fake “Maine Mendoza” Facebook account has also been claiming that GMA and “Eat Bulaga” are giving away P5,000 to P50,000 cash prizes but the account asks for personal information.
The manager of Maine and Marian clarified in his statement saying “Sa panahon ng krisis, nakuha mo pang gumamit ng pangalan at mukha. Higit pa dun ay nanloloko ka pa ng kapwa. Wag naman kababayan, wag naman. Mag ingat po sa mga ganitong FAKE ACCOUNT. Salamat po. God bless us all.”
“Isa pa itong MANDARAMBONG na ito, gumamit ng pangalan ng artista @mainedcm, gumamit ng programa Eat Bulaga at gumamit ng TV Network boss para makapanloko. Mahiya naman kayo!!! Mag iingat po tayo sa mga fake promos at fake accounts.” he added.
DICT and pnp give warning
The Department of Information and Communications Technology recently warned Filipinos. Let’s be mindful of their safety online, as the COVID-19 lockdown requires them to stay at home for at least a month.
Moreover, the Philippine National Police reminded the public to be very vigilant and watchful. Be careful of giving your personal information on social media.
“Malaki po yung tiyansa na ito nga po ay gagamitin po sa hindi magandang gawain ng mga mapagsamantala po na mga cybercriminals kagaya po ng ating mga contact numbers at address,” Police Captain Jeck Robin Liyag Gammad, Chief PIO of the PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group, said.
“Ina-advise din po natin ang ating mga artista na nagiging biktima nitong mga computer-related identity theft na sila po ay mag post ng disclaimer,” he added.
Review and verify the accounts you follow to avoid falling for online scam traps.