SSS called on members and employers to be more vigilant against fixers and scammers.
SSS — On Thursday, the Social Security System called on members and employers to be more vigilant against scammers and fixers as the agency recorded increasing reports on fraudulent incidents.
Aurora Ignacio, the president and chief executive officer at SSS, warned the public not to share their information such as their social security (SS) number, credentials, and other personal information with individuals who claimed to be employees of the agency.
Also, the agency warned the public against joining social media groups that claimed to provide assistance on different online transactions for a fee as it said that services were available for free, except for the replacement of the Unified Multi-purpose ID (UMID) Card.
The agency noted that such activities were considered unauthorized and illegal as these could be involved in “data mining accounts” used to extract personal information.
Ignacio added that the agency wasn’t accountable for any transactions made with fixers.
“We are deeply concerned with the increasing number of fraud victims who are mostly our members. That’s why we constantly remind them not to patronize these individuals,” Ignacio said in an advisory. “[W]e strongly advise our members to coordinate with legitimate SSS branch personnel only.”
The agency was mandated to provide social justice and to provide protection to members and their families against the hazards of sickness, disability, old age, maternity, death, and other contingencies resulting in loss of income or financial burden.
Based on a report on GMA News Online, the country had been hounded by an increase in fraudulent transactions amidst the pandemic, with the Credit Card Association of the Philippines reporting a 21 percent surge in fraudulent activities since the pandemic began.