DAVAO CITY—The Department of Social Welfare and Development in Davao Region (DSWD-11) on Monday warned the public about the proliferation of fake Facebook (FB) accounts pretending to be belonging to the agency and contain the photos of Secretary Erwin Tulfo.

The bogus Facebook accounts, it said, offer scholarships with the intention of defrauding the public.

The agency urged the public to verify Facebook accounts and do a fact-checking to prove their legitimacy.

“We ask the public to be vigilant and be careful of fake news. This will be used for fraud and extortion,” DSWD-11 said.

Tulfo earlier said social media accounts mimicking the DSWD were “fraudulent.”

“The Cybercrime units have actively monitored these accounts,” he said.

Tulfo also urged the victims, especially those who lost money, to report the matter to the authorities.

“Remember that all assistance from DSWD are free,” he added. (PNA)