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FALSE: DepEd online giveaway of free WiFi, gadgets

FALSE: DepEd online giveaway of free WiFi, gadgets
DepEd is not conducting any such activity and warns the public not to fall for scams
Claim:

The Department of Education (DepEd) is giving away free WiFi and gadgets for students without means to attend online classes.

FALSE post DepEd online giveaway free wifi, gadgets

This claim was spotted by the Rappler fact check team on Facebook.

Rating: FALSE
The facts:

DepEd is not conducting any such activity. It warned the public not to fall for scams.

The agency debunked posts and messages of accounts claiming to represent DepEd, which called for entries for WiFi and/or gadget giveaways by following certain mechanics.

On social media, the agency said, “Ang DepEd ay hindi mamimigay ng ‘free wifi and gadgets’ sa pamamagitan ng anumang online giveaway, raffle draw, o contest (DepEd will not give away ‘free wifi and gadgets’ through any kind of online giveaway, raffle draw, or contest).”

The DepEd added that learning continuity packages donated by local government units and legitimate partners will be distributed to students and teachers through DepEd’s regional and division offices and schools.

DepEd added that those responsible for such scams and other similar fraudulent activities related to the opening of classes may be reported to action@deped.gov.ph.

In the past, Rappler fact-checked other posts offering money and freebies, such as a supposed raffle promo by Palawan Pawnshop and free load from Globe Telecom. – Loreben Tuquero/Rappler.com

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