Public School Teacher In Debt Due To Identity Theft After Posting PRC ID On F4cebo0k
Head up, Facebook addicts! Beware of posting too much detail on your social media accounts as others may take advantage of it.
Just what like what happened to this public school teacher who might be a victim of identity theft after posting personal details on his Facebook account.
According to GMA 7’s report, teacher Mark Joseph Lontok now owes P800,000 from three different banks for a loan that he did not apply for.
Lontok said he received several messages from banks notifying him about his P800,000 worth of salary loan which he denied he applied for.
But the public school teacher recalled one instance where he posted a photo of his Professional Regulation Commission (PRD) ID on his social media account.
“Iyong time na nakapasa ako sa LET (Licensure Examination for Teachers), nag-post po agad ako. Tsaka pagpasok ko po sa public (school), pagbigay ng papel ko, pinost din po sa FB (Facebook) sa sobrang tuwa ko po,”
He got surprised when a total of P9,000 has been deducted from his monthly salary because he did not authorize any bank to deduct the said amount. Lontok added, “Ang liit po ng sweldo naming mga teacher. Kakaltasan pa po ng P9,000 plus. Napakahirap po para sa akin. Ako lang po ang nagtatrabaho sa pamilya ko.”
And another bank is also set to deduct an extra P10,000 from his account.
Because of this, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) warned the public to be vigilant in posting their personal information on the internet.
NBI Anti-Fraud and Action Division executive officer Atty. Dennis Syhian said:
“Usong-uso nga na mahilig tayong mag-post ng mga impormasyon tungkol sa atin, iyong mga litrato natin, mga ID natin. As much as possible, iwasan natin iyon. Proteksyunan natin iyong privacy natin.”
Meanwhile, one bank involved already submitted the photos of the person who used Lontok’s identity in applying for a salary loan.
Should you have leads on the suspect of Lontok’s case or any similar complaints, you may call NBI hotline at (02) 524-6395 or (02) 525-4093.