Sep 27, 2020

PhilHealth warns public vs fake raffle promo

The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) is warning the public against a Facebook page that encourages likes and shares from members for them to qualify to a supposed free housing raffle promo in line with their anniversary in February 2020. 

The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) is warning the public against a Facebook page that encourages likes and shares from members for them to qualify to a supposed free housing raffle promo in line with their anniversary in February 2020.

In a post on its website on September 19, PhilHealth warned the public against the Facebook page “PhilHealth Updates Online” which entices netizens to like and share to qualify to a “libreng pabahay” raffle.

PhilHealth said after they reported the matter to Facebook Philippines, the original and reshared posts have since been taken down.

It said a similar scheme was also recently reported by their Region I office regarding a certain Efeiram Oicatse whose Facebook page named “PhilHealth Registration Online” offers assistance in PhilHealth membership and in securing the PhilHealth Identification Number for a fee.

“The said Facebook page requires payment of P170 which can allegedly be paid through a popular chain of convenience stores using barcodes that it provides,” the post said.

The state health insurer said that it does not have a housing raffle promo and that it does not authorize anyone to solicit money in exchange for one to become a PhilHealth member.

It urged members to be more discerning and to not immediately trust or report these fraudulent activities. They are also advised to be careful in giving information to prevent scammers from victimizing innocent people.

PhilHealth said that registration is for free and can be made at any local health insurance office or express counters in leading malls for their convenience.

It encouraged the public to immediately report such schemes through its Facebook page ‘PhilHealth official’; or you may email us at actioncenter@philhealth.gov.ph; or call (02) 441-7442 or at any PhilHealth Regional or Local Health Insurance Offices nationwide.

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