A Facebook page pretending to be owned by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) has been posting announcements of fake raffle draws.
On June 5, the four-month old page PCSO Jackpot Balita urged netizens to join a fabricated raffle, promising winners a house and lot, and cash prizes as much as a million pesos.
It uploaded an image of a house with the caption:
“DAHIL SA PATULOY NA PAG-ASENSO NATIN, MAGKAKAROON TAYO NG RAFFLE DRAW (Because of our [PCSO] growth, we will have a raffle draw).”
The raffle draw is made up.
Aside from being an impostor site, mimicking PCSO’s official Facebook page, a reverse image search shows the photo of the house has existed as early as 2012, and was just recently used in a page of a Pakistan-based housing cooperative.
The recent hoax could have reached over 24 million people.