DOH warns public vs. fraudulent e-mails

By Ma. Teresa Montemayor

June 23, 2020, 9:26 pm

MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) on Tuesday warned the public against suspicious e-mails allegedly sent by the DOH for the distribution of free coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) supplies, equipment, and commodities to businesses and the private sector.

In a Covid-19 virtual presser, DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the department is coordinating with the Philippine National Police and the National Bureau of Investigation to identify the personalities behind the fraudulent e-mails allegedly being used to steal data.

"Amin pong kinokondena ang ganitong panloloko at pananamantala sa panahon ng pandemiya. Sisiguraduhin po natin na mananagot ang mga responsable dito (We condemn this kind of deception and exploitation in this time of pandemic. We'll make sure that those responsible for this act will be held liable)," Vergeire said.

The public is advised not to open the following fake e-mail addresses: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], and [email protected].

Vergeire said the DOH and its attached agencies are not connected with the owners of the email addresses.

She also advised the public not to click the files attached to the emails such as Free Distribution Form and Covid-19 Preventive Measures to prevent fraudulent attacks on data and personal information.

"If you encounter any of these, report them to the DOH Call Center Hotline at (632) 8651-7800 local 5003-5004 or email [email protected]," she added. (PNA)