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PHLPost does not offer a P7,000 subsidy to people who answer a questionnaire

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PHLPost does not offer a P7,000 subsidy to people who answer a questionnaire
The website that posted the questionnaire is fake. The Philippine Post Office urges the public to visit and follow the official accounts of PHLPost for announcements.

Claim: People who answer a questionnaire about a “PHLPost National government subsidy” from the Philippine Post Office (PHLPost) can get a P7,000 subsidy.

Rating: FALSE

Why we fact-checked this: Links to this fake questionnaire have been circulating on Facebook Messenger and can be used for fraudulent motives.

The bottom line: This questionnaire is not real. The PHLPost website posted a warning on August 9 advising users not to give or disclose any personal information to anonymous and unofficial websites or reply to suspicious messages they receive online or via email.

Clicking the fake link: The website where users are redirected upon clicking the link is fake and pretends to be the website of PHLPost. For information on PHLPost’s ongoing programs, one may refer to its official website and Facebook page.

The fake website was also flagged as deceptive. “Deceptive site ahead. Attackers on hrpmmr.cn may trick you into doing something dangerous like installing software or revealing your personal information (for example, passwords, phone numbers, or credit cards),” the warning on Google Chrome said. – Owenh Jake Toledo/Rappler.com

Owenh Jake Toledo is a graduate of Rappler’s fact-checking mentorship program. This fact check was reviewed by a member of Rappler’s research team and a senior editor. Learn more about Rappler’s fact-checking mentorship program here.

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