Have you experienced reading an online post informing you that you won a raffle promo or you were entitled to a cash bonus?
Then, it will advise you to click a link, which will request you to key in your SSS personal data.
Or have you been approached by someone who offers SSS-related services, such as getting an SSS number in exchange for a fee?
If your answer is YES, then, you must have been scammed.
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How does SSS scam work?
An individual, pretending to be SSS employees will reach out to you, to request sensitive information such as your email address or mobile phone number to allegedly update your SSS records.
Once, your personal information are with the scammers, they can change your password and apply for a loan in your name.
What is the nature of SSS scams?
There is only one common denominator of an SSS scam: scammers will collect your personal information through email or social media, via a call or SMS.
There were also reported cases of “fixers” helping unsuspecting members and getting duped into divulving their sensitive information.
How to avoid scammers?
The SSS official FB Page, SSSPH warns members to be vigilant and to just keep their personal information to themselves only.
Don’t open clickbait posts about a raffle or cash bonus for SSS members. This link will lure you to give your data;
Ignore calls from fake SSS employees who will ask you for sensitive information such as your mobile number or email password;
Do not accept any offers from someone willing to help you with your SSS transactions.
What are the SSS official channels?
All SSS online services are free and can only be done in My.SSS or SSS Mobile App and in all SSS offices nationwide.
For other concerns, you may contact any of the SSS contact details below:
Hotline: 1455 or 1-800-10-2255-77 (toll-free)
General inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
For electronic facilities and web-related inquiries – email@example.com
PRB Generation and Technical Support: PRNHelpline@sss.gov.ph
Contact Service Unit: firstname.lastname@example.org
No one is a scammer unless you allowed yourself to be scammed.
Knowing the tell-tale signs of scamming will prevent you from losing your hard-earned savings.
Let us always be on guard when it comes to our finances. Nowadays, fraudsters are more sophisticated in carrying out their evil intentions.