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No, this ‘license-processing’ service is not legit

Don’t be fooled by the people behind it

Remember when you see this Facebook page: It's illegitimate. SCREENSHOT FROM FACEBOOK

You might recall that, in June last year, the Land Transportation Office confirmed that there were counterfeit Facebook accounts using its name and offering services to clueless motorists who were gullible enough to trust online agents that promised headache-free license-processing. Although to be honest, we suspect that the customers weren’t really stupid—perhaps they just wanted to avail of fake licenses for whatever reason.

Anyway, if you think these scammers would be afraid of a slap on the wrist, think again. As a matter of fact, they seem to now have multiplied, and they blatantly show off their racket. For the past few days, we’ve been notified by readers about the existence of a Facebook page named LTO License Processing. Apparently, average folks fall for ‘online services’ with the words “LTO” and “license.”

This page reposts content from LTO to make it appear like it's official. SCREENSHOT FROM FACEBOOK

And it seems they are more polished in their presentation: They use posts by government agencies (like LTO, of course) and pass themselves off as legitimate.

Here are the “services” they offer:

We don't even know if this image was stolen from the official LTO page or made up by the scammers. SCREENSHOT FROM FACEBOOK

Before writing this, we had to ask the media officer of the Department of Transportation. We did so because we wanted to make sure that the Facebook page we were about to call out was indeed fraudulent. After a couple of hours, we got this reply:

This is the response of Asec. Edgar Galvante: “No, this is not an LTO official website.”

Indeed, the website stated on the page goes by the URL ltolicenseprocessing.ph, and it doesn’t even exist.

Yep, the website is nowhere to be found. SCREENSHOT FROM FACEBOOK

How these guys are able to trick motorists is beyond us. Then again, maybe the people who patronize them are the ones who are fed up with the LTO’s inefficiency. Maybe.

So, we had another question for the DOTr media officer:

Wala po bang action ang LTO sa mga taong nag-o-offer ng ganitong services? Kasi naglipana na sila.

We’re still waiting for the answer.

Vernon B. Sarne

Vernon is the founder and editor-in-chief of VISOR. He has been an automotive journalist since July 1995. He became one by serendipity, walking into the office of a small publishing company and applying for a position he had no idea was for a local car magazine. God has watched over him throughout his humble journey. He writes the ‘Spoiler’ column.