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Pensioners are being cautioned to stay wary of loan ‘dupers.’

CEBU CITY, Philippines β€” On Tuesday, the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) in Central Visayas advised that social insurance retirees can avoid being scammed by unscrupulous individuals if they deal directly with the appropriate personnel while applying for loans.

Two complainants from Negros Oriental province filed a complaint against two people for allegedly duping them with their cash cards or automated teller machine (ATM) cards issued by the Social Security System, according to Col. Ireneo Dalogdog, CIDG-7 regional chief (SSS).

The suspects allegedly presented themselves as SSS employees and offered to expedite the victims’ loan application’s release, he claimed.

“Their strategy is to introduce themselves as SSS personnel. They are after senior persons and pensions. They would allow the suspects to finalize their loan application so that they could secure the loan money faster because of their advanced age,” Dalogdog stated in a press conference.

Maria Joy Lugdang and Emma Apopanda, the two accused, are now being held at the Negros Oriental detention center.

The two are facing charges of usurpation of authority, which is punishable under the Revised Penal Code.

The suspects allegedly offered to keep the victims’ ATM cards in order for them to withdraw the loan profits.

They paid the victims money purportedly as an advance amount from the loan proceeds to persuade them that the transactions they offered were real.

The victims filed a complaint with the CIDG regional field office in Dumaguete City after they reportedly failed to repay the entire SSS loan sum.

“My advice to the public is that we should not put our trust in persons we don’t know, especially those posing as SSS personnel.” We must remain vigilant at all times. “If you come across any of these kind of schemes, please notify us straight now,” Dalogdog stated.

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