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More teachers fall victims to bank cyberscam

Romina Cabrera - The Philippine Star
More teachers fall victims to bank cyberscam
In this July 21, 2020, photo, teachers at Jose dela Peña National High School in Marikina City attend a training session on e-learning in preparation for the coming opening of classes.
The STAR / Michael Varcas

MANILA, Philippines — The number of teachers who have filed complaints about phishing and hacking incidents on their payroll accounts has increased to 24.

The Teacher’s Dignity Coalition said it filed the complaints with the Department of Education (DepEd). Benjo Basas, the coalition’s national chairperson, said they have received about 50 complaints.

More teachers came forward after reports of phishing incidents were reported last week.

Basas said multiple unauthorized withdrawals were made on the teachers’ payroll accounts, ranging from P900 up to P200,000.

He noted that the common denominator of the teachers is that they received multiple one-time pin or OTP attempts on their bank accounts.

Even if the teachers did not provide their OTP, the transactions still went through with the Land Bank of the Philippines.

The coalition urged the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas to look into the alleged bank cyberscam.

The DepEd earlier reminded teachers to be wary of phishing attempts and immediately report bank accounts that may have been compromised.

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