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Old Lady Begging Blood Donation for Daughter with Leukemia – A Scammer?

A frail old woman named Herminia Morales, 74, begs in the streets of Manila for people to donate blood for her daughter who is suffering from leukemia.

According to Social Trends PH, a concerned citizen posted on Facebook how she met the old lady at the 7-Eleven outlet in CEU Makati LV while dining with her best friend. They took pity on the old lady but could not donate blood, so they tried to give her money instead.

Photo credit: Social Trends PH
Photo credit: Social Trends PH

The woman would not accept the money, because she needed type “A” blood, not cash. The netizen thought this was honorable of the old lady, so she posted the story on Facebook, in hopes that someone could help.

According to the post, the daughter was suffering from leukemia and is confined at the Ospital ng Makati.

A scammer?

A certain Abbie Santos, however, revealed that the old lady is not really someone who needed help but part of a syndicate who try to prey on innocent people by asking for blood donations.

Old Lady Begging Blood Donation for Daughter with Leukemia – A Scammer?
Photo credit: Social Trends PH

According to Abbie, she met the old lady in 2010 while she was out with friends along Megamall. They were told the same sob story, though the daughter was confined at the Ospital ng Pasig at the time. She needed 4 bags of blood. Though Abbie was with 3 other friends, she was the only one who believed the old lady’s story.

She tried to help, though she was puzzled why the old lady would decline suggestions that they go to the authorities (including the police station, Red Cross, GMA, ABS-CBN) for assistance. Still, she believed the old lady, so she went along.

Close to the spot where they were supposed to ride public transport to reach the hospital, Abbie said a guard from St. Francis quickly moved towards them. She was surprised to see the old lady hastily go away.

It was the guard who informed her that the lady was part of a syndicate that tries to lure gullible victims using the blood donation ruse. However, the helpful person would be kidnapped and, most likely, held for ransom.

Abbie shared her story to warn the others not to fall for the same scam.



If we choose to believe Abbie, then it is important to be wary of the old lady and not to fall for her sob story or something the syndicate would concoct just to lure the would-be victim to their trap!

Written by Joy Adalia

A non-functioning licensed Chemist but full-time mommy of 2 kids, full-time wife, and full-time freelancer ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

5 Comments

  1. This story has been going on for quite some time. Some claim to have encountered the lady years back and yet she has not been reported to the police to verify if this is really a kidnapping scam or even just to verify if her sob story is indeed true. I wonder why that is…

  2. Same old lady approached us in 2014 in front of our office in Cubao. Tatlo kami, kasama ko boss ko at that time and a coworker. We were having a short break when this worried old lady came in a rush and told us that she desperately needed blood for her daughter. Pag di nasalinan ng dugo she will lose her only daughter. We were a bit skeptical at first so we tried to suggest other options like Redcross, and other institution that might be able to help her. She said they couldn’t. She might have felt we’re not getting anywhere so she started crying. We were all moved. Sige pa rin kami ng tanong kung san hospital and my boss having knowledge about leukemia asked some facts about the sickness and she was able to give us precise answers. I can still recall inooffer nya pa nga magkatulong na lang sya or magpa “alipin” samin just to save her daughter. Ofcourse we didn’t want that. Gustuhin man namin hindi namin mabibigay ang gusto nya na blood donation dahil wala kami tulog and we’re still logged in at work. Our hands are tight. So we decided to just give her money to help her. Nung una hindi nya pa tinanggap. Sabi nya sobra sobra daw yun! Nagulat kami. The act made us feel good about our decision. We insisted so the lady just accepted the money like she had no choice, she thankfully grabbed our hands and kissed it… and went away. Sabi na lang namin sa sarili namin it’s just money, we can’t take it with us. If nanloloko man sya nasasakanya na yun. After reading this article, it enlightened us. Talagang scammer nga si Lola. And things would have gotten worse kung naisipan pa pala namin sumama. We’re glad money lang ang nawala samin…I’m sharing this story to warn everybody. Be careful when Satan appears as an Angel of Light.

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