The Social Security System yesterday warned the public, especially small establishments, to be more careful in accepting SSS checks as payments for purchases, and encashing them, a press release from the agency said.
The SSS management has received a report from its La Union Branch Officer-In-Charge, Francisco Pentecostes, last week that a bogus SSS check for P9,000 was encashed at a grocery store.
The fake SSS check was allegedly issued by Land Bank of the Philippines, Baguio City Branch, but the account from which it was to be drawn is the Land Bank of the Philippines, Tarlac Branch. The check also had two different account numbers and the signatures are not those of authorized signatories of the agency, the SSS said in its press release.
The SSS La Union Branch has already alerted grocery stores and other establishments in the area about this and advised the owners about the features of the fraudulent check, and to call the SSS branch to verify the genuineness of the check presented to them, the press release said.
The agency said that the fake SSS check may look authentic for someone who is not familiar with the real ones, but if placed side by side, one can see a lot of differences.
Authentic SSS checks only have one account number above the check date and its bottom part, while fake ones may contain two different account numbers.
The SS number of the member-payee is also printed on the real check the press release said.
The SSS president is the only signatory for all benefit checks issued by the SSS, it also said.
Store and other establishment owners and the general public can verify the authenticity of SSS checks by presenting them to the agency branch nearest them, the press release added.*