Online Fixer: LTO warns public against fake Facebook pages

Updated Jun 07, 2021 | Same topic: Latest Traffic Updates

A more convenient way to get a driver’s license? Think again.

Let’s face it: ‘convenient’ is a rare adjective when describing public services. Transactions with many government agencies are riddled with inefficiency and corruption, leaving frustrated taxpayers to resort to questionable (and even downright illegal) shortcuts.

Driver's license

Some people rely on fixers to get their driver's licenses instead of going through the legal route  

The Land Transportation Office (LTO) is one agency that has always been on the receiving end of complaints over various issues, from driver’s licenses and vehicle plates to motor vehicle inspections. As a result, fixers have become an expected part of doing business. It’s a practice that the agency is trying to address, even as pandemic restrictions are driving these enterprising individuals to the digital space.

Fake LTO FB page

The LTO is warning the public against transacting with this Facebook page

Through its social media account, the LTO has warned the public against transacting with the LTO License Assistance Center, a Facebook page posing as a legitimate account of the agency. The scam page uses the handle @OfficialLTOlicenseassistance and has been reportedly offering to process license applications for fees ranging from Php 3,500 to Php 6,500.

As an additional come-on, the page claims that applicants who avail of its services are not required to take or even show up at the written driver’s license examination, a clear violation of existing transport laws. 

The LTO says that the page is neither connected with the agency nor is authorized to enter into transactions with the public on its behalf. Driver’s licenses issued through LTO License Assistance Center (or other individuals outside the LTO’s authorized channels) will be considered counterfeit and invalid. Possession of such a forged card carries a fine of Php 3,000 and a year’s suspension of driving privileges.                 
 

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Not showing up for the driver's license exam is a no-no

There’s also the matter of information security, as the LTO cautions potential applicants not to provide their personal information to unverified online pages and websites. These can be used in online identity theft and other unlawful activities. The agency is calling on the public to report the LTO License Assistance Center Facebook page to put a stop to its illegal practices.   

Something as important as a driver’s license is better acquired through legitimate means, which is why fixers shouldn’t even be an option. Of course, this hinges on the assumption that the LTO is doing its job right to begin with, but that’s a conversation for another time.    

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Joseph Paolo Estabillo

Joseph Paolo Estabillo

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Joseph has been a member of various car clubs since he got his driver's license in 2004 – old enough to remember riding in taxicabs with analog meters, but his fascination with cars goes way back. After nearly two decades of working in broadcast media, he shifted gears by coming on board as Philkotse’s first Filipino member and staff writer in 2017.

Apart from his role in Philkotse as Content Team Lead, Joseph has written episodes for Drive, which has been airing on CNN Philippines for five seasons running. He has also delivered content for various car dealerships based in the U.S., spanning multiple brands such as Alfa Romeo, Maserati, Jeep, Dodge, among others.

Keeping his hopes high and his revs low, he dreams about owning a Kei car when he retires. Hates slow parkers.

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