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Some teachers lose P26K to P121K each in alleged bank hacking – group

By: Daniza Fernandez - | January 24,2022 - 12:30 PM

Teachers hacking

MANILA, Philippines — Some teachers lost at least P26,000 to P121,000 each after their Landbank accounts were allegedly hacked, the Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) said on Monday, January 24, 2022.

According to the coalition, members have reported their money was “stolen” after it was transferred from their Landbank payroll accounts to other banks or electronic wallets.

The amount lost per teacher ranges from P26,000 to P121,000, “or from their regular salary and holiday bonuses to lifetime savings.”

TDC chair Benjo Basas has already informed the Department of Education (DepEd) regarding the matter and would officially submit the details of victimized teachers to resolve the issue.

“Nagtitiwala kami sa Landbank na secured ang bawat account ng mga guro at empleyado, kahit pa sa online banking system nila, pero bakit may mga ganitong pangyayari?” Basas lamented in a statement.

(We trust Landbank that each account of teachers and employees is secured, even their online banking system, but why is this happening?)

“Hindi po ito biro kasi malaking halaga na para sa aming mga guro ang isang buwang sahod o ang aming bonus, lalong masakit kung ang pinag-ipunan mong pera nang matagal ay mawawala nang ganun na lang,” he continued.

(This is not a joking matter because a month’s salary and bonus are huge for teachers. It is incredibly hurtful if the money saved for a long time will just be lost in an instant.)

William Montecalvo and Crisanto Cruz are two teachers who were victimized by the alleged scheme.

Montecalvo, a teacher in Quezon City, received a one-time password verification 13 times on November 12 last year, which prompted him to report it to the Landbank branch.

On the next day, he discovered that P121,000 had been stolen and transferred to a digital wallet account.

Meanwhile, Cruz, a teacher from Cavite, lost a total of P84,815 on December 30. P50,025 and P34,379 were transferred to an electronic wallet account and another bank account, respectively.

Basas stressed that Landbank should be held accountable.

“May pananagutan ang Landbank sa mga insidenteng ito at nais naming tulungan kami ng DepEd upang mabawi ang perang nawala mula sa aming kasamahan,” he said.

(Landbank has accountability in this incident and we would like DepEd to help us restore the lost money of our members.)

The TDC urged their colleagues in the private sector to report the same incident to authorities or coordinate with them for necessary actions.



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