Public warned against e-mails coming from fake DOH accounts

Kristine Sabillo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 23 2020 05:58 PM

MANILA — The Department of Health on Tuesday warned the public against clicking on e-mails that claim to come from the agency but are meant to steal user data.

“Nakarating po sa amin ang balita na may mga e-mail na galing diumano sa Department of Health na nagsasabing nagpapamigay ang DOH ng libreng testing machines, face masks, ventilators, sa lahat ng businesses na registered sa Pilipinas,” Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said in a televised briefing.

(It has come to our attention that there are e-mails that supposedly come from the Department of Health, saying that the DOH is giving out free testing machines, face masks and ventilators to all businesses registered in the Philippines.)

“Wala po itong katotohanan. Kami po ngayon ay nakikipag-ugnayan sa mga awtoridad, sa Philippine National Police at sa NBI upang matukoy at mahuli ang mga nasa likod ng insidenteng ito,” she added.

(There is no truth to this. We are now coordinating with the Philippine National Police and the NBI to identify and arrest those who are behind this.)

Vergeire said the fake e-mail addresses being used include the following:

COVID19@doh.gov.ph

CoronavirusPilipinas@gmail.com

OfficeofSOH@doh.gov.ph

OfficeofSOH@gmail.com

Vergeire said the e-mail addresses are not owned by the DOH or any of their attached agencies.

She advised those who receive an e-mail coming from those accounts or a dubious-looking message claiming to be from the DOH not to click on any link or attachment.

Vergeire said some of the attachments may be labeled “free distribution form.”

“Ang mga email galing sa mga addresses na ito ay maaaring fraudulent attack o mapanlinlang na paraan upang nakawin ang inyong personal information at data. At maaaring ilagay sa peligro ang inyong network,” she said.

(These e-mails from these addresses may be a fraudulent attack or a misleading way to steal your personal information and data. It may also compromise your network.)

She said these messages should also be marked as spam, and reported to the DOH hotline 8651 7800 local 5003 to 5004, or e-mail callcenter@doh.gov.ph.