September 30, 2020

Following reports that unscrupulous individuals have been posing as Contact Tracers, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) 10 urged the public anew to be vigilant as these posers aim to extract personal information, such as bank accounts and credit card details from target victims.

DILG 10 Regional Director Arnel M. Agabe said that these posers also try to sell rapid test kits, and even facilitate swabbing and promise to provide results immediately—which a genuine Contact Tracer would not do.

“We need the full support of our local government units in informing their constituents to be wary of individuals pretending to be Contact Tracers to take advantage of them,” said Agabe.

Agabe said real Contact Tracers would properly introduce themselves and the office they represent. Primarily, they are tasked to inquire about close contacts of a confirmed COVID-19 case and his whereabouts.

Most importantly, he underscored, that a real Contact Tracer will never ask for personal financial information and will never sell products or services.

“If you see persons who pretend to be Contact Tracers, immediately report them. You may go to the nearest police station to report their presence, identities, and activities,” Agabe said.

The Philippine National Police is also enjoined to investigate, apprehend, and file charges against persons committing these illegal acts.