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Netizens fell victim to a ‘serial’ scammer and lost 1 million pesos

Netizens fell victim to a ‘serial’ scammer and lost 1 million pesos

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  • A gay couple fell victim to a scammer and lost money nearing 1 million
  • Johann Matthew Chiu, the swindler, had the couple sign a contract for a supplier and merchant agreement
  • Netizens shared stories of how they and other people they knew were also scammed by Chiu

A couple fell victim to an elaborate scam and handed over money nearing a million pesos to their business partner, which turned out to be a fraud.

Facebook user Jap Tarectecan shared a photo of Johann Matthew Chiu, the one who took away their money from their printing business. It was a form of down payment to Chiu for items that Tarectecan and his partner bought from the scammer’s so-called business “Mardybil Enterprises” such as ballers, notebooks, pouches, tarpaulins, and shirts which had all been ordered by clients for Tarectecan to print.

“Upon posting his photo on Twitter it came to our knowledge that he also uses the names Jiro Lucas, Marco Niel Tiongson Teng in other trasactions… We went to the government offices concerned to verify his documents such as his TIN, receipt, etc. But came out that its either fraud, or what they call ‘Gawang recto’… According to our friends who came to us through Twitter he also has other cases such as stealing of cameras, cash, fake condo/land docs, and others,” wrote Tarectecan.

Nakakapagtaka lang kasi before we made transactions with him sinearch namin sya but there were no results din na masama kaya we proceeded with the transaction with him. Also he had receipts naman and may mga previous successful transactions kami sa kanya though small projects lang and also he has a bank account named with his business pero upon investigating na peke ang permits nya, paano sya inallow ng bank to open an account kung fake ang documents nya,” added the victim.

Bobbie Ongpaucuno, a Twitter user, and partner of Tarectecan disclosed on the site that it was back in November 2018 when he and his partner met Chiu on Twitter. The swindler showed interest on Sogoryo, a clothing business of Ongpaucuno and right then offered from him an initial investment of PHP500,000. The netizen declined the offer back then as it was just the start of their business.

“Come late November, he donated goods for my initiative for our PLHIV friends from San Lazaro. I appreciated the gesture so much, making me think that the offer was legitimate. At one time, I asked my partner to email him the PNG version of my logo for the initiative. He became so interested to meet my partner… They met a couple of times last December, with the conversation about investing on my partner’s printing business. He gave us some reasonable calculation regarding the investment that me and my partner have agreed to,” narrated Ongpaucuno.

 

The initial investment did not push through but they did go on to sign a contract for a supplier and merchant agreement for a project amounting to Php 400,000, regarding a politician’s baller bands.

“It was the same time when we gave him a down payment of Php 200,000 cash. He introduced his promotional materials company as MARDYBIL ENT. We thought that maybe this was the lift that we’ve been waiting for. But no we were wrong! A total of of 10 clients gave us a down payment, amounting to almost 1 million, and was given to him right away as our downpayment.  We started to worry when our first 3 clients didn’t receive their orders on the proposed deadlines. We tried to ask him and… He gave us multiple excuses, sometimes he would blame the customs or the shipment itself. He even gave us a BL (bill ladding) for our order which was, by the way, incorrect since customs confirmed that it was for a different shipment not related to any of his businesses,” related Ongpaucuno.

When the supply fell through and they could not deliver to their clients nor issue them for refunds, the couple were invited to barangay arraignments and even had lawsuits filed at them. Still, they were still scared at the time to confront Chiu, as there were other bigger projects that they were still tied to him. They got suspicious at the end as Chiu was always eager to get the money transferred to his account, whenever their clients called to make sure that their payment got through.

“For the next day to come, I decided to make an excuse that my app wasn’t working. He still insisted for me to withdraw at least the Php 20,000 and meet him to give him the money. I was scared so I decided to fake that my card was rejected sending him these photos,” said the victim.

They decided to file a claim with Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) over the issue and instead found out that Chiu was indeed a fraud. His company and papers were fake.

“I wanted to die that very moment,” disclosed Ongpaucuno. “I want to kill myself because for the nth time we made another wrong decision. My partner almost killed himself because of what happened. He wanted to jump out of our condo to end his life but I managed to stop him. It was overall traumatic.”

The couple has now coordinated with their lawyers and have filed estafa against Chiu. Tarectecan shared his story on Facebook in order to obtain help from netizens in finding leads to Chiu’s whereabouts, and for other people who fell victim to him to come forward, so they can altogether file a class case against the fraudster.

Lord Tapusin na po natin to dahil ako'y sobrang pagod na at andami na pong nadadamay. I don't know what prayer to…

Posted by Jap Tarectecan on Thursday, April 4, 2019

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BEWARE! Caterer warns people of latest modus operandi

BEWARE! Caterer warns people of latest modus operandi

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  • Netizen posts about a scam she experienced wherein she lost a huge amount of money.
  • One of the scammers is quite known as she has scammed a lot of people in the past. 

On October 8, a Facebook user named Victoria Garcia posted something regarding a scammer that has been going around. Victoria does catering and recently, she received a large amount of food orders from three different people, namely Cecile Leilani Palloran, Maria Charmaine Quirol, and Ron Bradley.

All of them sent the full amount of their payments which amounted to a total of over ₱50,000. They have also sent her the copies of their deposit slip in Viber and Instagram.

Beware of a new modus operandi. I have been in the food business for quite some time now . I accept orders via Facebook, messenger, Instagram , Viber etc . I always ask for a down payment for a future order , some pay in full and some don’t .

Recently in the last 2 weeks I got orders from 3 individuals by the names of Cecile Leilani Palloran , Maria Charmaine Quirol , Ron Bradley for huge amounts of food all for different dates . Each one of them sent the full payment of their orders amounting to over 50 thousand In total to my Metro Bank account with photo copies sent to me via Viber and Instagram . 

All three of them started cancelling their orders for various reasons and wanted a refund, which Victoria immediately gave back.

After a few days one of them Ron Bradley cancelled his orders because he was leaving for Singapore so he asked for a full refund amounting to 19700 . I of course gave it back .

Then just last Friday the lady named CECILE LEILANI PALLORAN asked to for a refund of her first order of 17500 to be deposited to the account of MARIA CHARMAINE QUIROL because of some reason that their charity event was not pushing through .

Today this woman, can’t call her a lady , demanded the rest of her money back amounting to just about 10000 to complete the 27150 she deposited coZ her son apparently contracted dengue .

As the sudden change made her feel suspicious, she went to the nearest bank to ask if there have been deposits to her account at the dates stated at the deposit slip. And there she found out that the slips sent to her were fake.

This made me really suspicious so I went to my bank and asked the one in charge to check my account and I showed him the deposit slip and to check if there was money deposited. Alas I was right , they never deposited the money and it was a fake deposit slip . I had 3 fake deposit slips vibered to me and I sent a refund to them using my own money .

This truly saddened me and I was so furious they even used Lalamove to pick up the last Refund. They Had instructions to deposit it in her account or if not in Palawan express . She must have gotten a wind of what we were doing that she decided to cut communication from all of us . The police Came over , we went to the precinct and gave all their names and what transpired.

One of the scammers named Charmaine Quirol, turned out to be notorious for what she does as she has victimized other people as well, including someone that bought gadgets from her which she never delivered.

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OFW loses ₱600,000 because of online romance

OFW loses ₱600,000 because of online romance

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  • OFW scammed and lost ₱600,000 over an online relationship.
  • It turned out that the OFW’s girlfriend wasn’t real and the person behind the account was just using another person’s photos.

A 23-year-old Overseas Filipino Worker named Frederick Egea lost so much because of romance.

And no, not just his time and feelings, but literally lost a big chunk of money when he fell in love with someone he met on Facebook, which he later on learned was a scammer.

Egea was sending money to someone named Joana Mae Cruz from June 2017 to September 2018 in hopes of meeting her when he comes home. But when he finally docked in the Philippines, he only faced extortion.

He told the police that he met her in June last year and started developing feelings for her. He sent her money to help her with tuition fees, gifts, and personal needs. Their relationship lasted for more than a month

When the OFW finally came home, he wanted to meet his girlfriend in person, however, Cruz kept on making excuses to avoid meeting him, the most recent being that she was in Tacloban.

Egea was heartbroken when he found out that Cruz was a faker on September 8. So who was behind it? It was a certain 21-year-old Angelica Miguel.

Miguel used the photos of a certain Angelica Calanog without the latter’s permission. According to Calanog, Miguel posed as the leader of her fan group on Facebook and sent gifts, flowers, and clothes.

When her mother asked Miguel as to where she got the gifts, the latter answered that he had a cousin abroad that was attracted to Calanog. They were clueless that the scammer was using photos to extort money from Egea.

Miguel’s crimes were exposed but she refused to back down as she demanded ₱26,000 from the OFW or something bad will happen to Calanog.

They agreed to meet at the McDonald’s Ever Gotesco Mall and as soon as he handed the marked money to Miguel, the police broke their cover and arrested her.

Miguel will face charges for violating Article 293 (Robbery), 315 (Swindling/Estafa), 318 (Other deceits) of the Revised Penal Code, and Republic Act 10175 for identity theft.

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Woman allegedly used networking to scam people

Woman allegedly used networking to scam people

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MANILA, Philippines. Netizen Nins Acasio has warned netizens against a certain Prielle T. whom she accused of scamming people through networking.

Through a lengthy post on Facebook, Nins revealed screenshots of her conversation with Prielle. Apparently, Nins was asking Prielle to settle the P4,000 balance the latter owed her. Initially, Prielle promised to transfer the money right away.

However, Prielle had a sudden change of heart and informed Nins that she will just transfer the money “whenever she can.”

For months, Nins made several attempts to remind Prielle to settle her balance. However, Prielle appeared to find excuses to delay her payment. Although Prielle claimed she didn’t have money to settle her balance, Nins discovered that Prielle was able to afford trips to El Nido and Boracay at the time.

Eventually, Prielle was no longer responding to Nins’s messages.  After three months of reaching out, Nins decided to finally share her ordeal with Prielle.

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Interestingly, several netizens who were allegedly victimized by Prielle reacted to Nins’s post. According to Nins, Prielle owes her victims a total of P97,000.

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Alleged PLDT employee offers Internet connection in one day, runs away with down payment from customers

Alleged PLDT employee offers Internet connection in one day, runs away with down payment from customers

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Scammers seem to be coming up with new ways to defraud people of their hard-earned cash.

Another case of swindling, this time using PLDT to lure victims, is being shared online for netizens to be aware. Online user A. Zenitram posted on Facebook her experience with a certain Raymond S. Mendoza who introduced himself as an employee at PLDT Rotonda Pasig. The scheme is to offer his victim quick internet installation. The unmindful victim will be asked to pay a downpayment worth of Php2,300 or higher, and the internet, supposedly, will be installed the next day.

“Manloloko po itong tao na to pa galagala sa pasig lyfhomes o kung saan man. Nag aalok ng installation ng internet. Nagwowork daw sya sa PLDT ROTONDA PASIG ang name daw nya “RAYMOND S. MENDOZA” hihingan ka ng down worth of 2,300pesos or mas higit pa. After iinstall daw kinabukasan yung internet pero modus lang po nila ito. Hindi na po sila babalik. Tandaan nyo po ang muka ng taong yan. Manloloko po yan. Maging aware po kayo.”

Screengrab from Facebook / A. Zenitram
Screengrab from Facebook / A. Zenitram

Zenitram was able to take a photo of the scammer. Take a look and beware. You might encounter him somewhere.

Beware of this alleged scammer pretending to be a PLDT employee. Photo Credit: Facebook / A. Zenitram
Beware of this alleged scammer pretending to be a PLDT employee.
Photo Credit: Facebook / A. Zenitram

The Dailypedia is open for any clarifications from PLDT.

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Alleged scammer swindled Php 150 Million from Cordillera residents

Alleged scammer swindled Php 150 Million from Cordillera residents

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Netizen Jesrael Nginhayan is asking people to share his Facebook post about a certain Maria Ellena Villa Estrada, an alleged scammer who stole about Php150 million from Igorot investors in Cordillera.

Nginhayan’s post on June 9, has been shared more than 19,000 times as of writing. Knowing how stories like this go viral, netizens are hoping it may lead to Estrada’s immediate incarceration.

Estrada allegedly offered an investment to the Cordillerans, drawing them in with a promise that the scheme will double their investment.

The Dailypedia contacted Mr. Nginhayan to further clarify the issue and according to him, Estrada encouraged the victims to invest in a popular networking scheme called Emgoldex. She also made people believe that she knows a Forex trader who could help double their money. The victims were able to collect payouts at first, not knowing these came from the investments of other investors.  Estrada never invested their money in the Forex. The suspect, who even pretended to be a religious woman to lure her victims, sweet talked her way to extort millions of hard-earned money from the people of Buguias, Trinidad, and Ifugao.

A screenshot of Jesrael Nginhayan’s post with the photo of Estrada:

The Cordillerans promise a generous reward for information leading to capture of the alleged suspect. Photo Credit: Facebook / Jesrael Nginhayan

Netizens shared their sentiments about the scam. Some victims posted their rage, others accepted the incident and warned netizens about committing the same mistake, a lot sympathized with the victims and appealed to Estrada to return the victims’ money while some blamed the investors for trusting the culprit.

In the latter part of the post, Nginhayan, on behalf of the scammed victims, promised a reward for information leading to capture of the alleged suspect.

 

 

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Text Scam King busted; P100 million worth of airtime credits uncovered

Text Scam King busted; P100 million worth of airtime credits uncovered

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Presumably most of us, or at least someone we know, has already received a dubious text message from an unknown number claiming they are our relative or friend and then asking us to send load / mobile credit. In most incidents, they would say they are our relatives working abroad, would chit chat a little, and then finally ask us to send them, say ‘Php 500’ load to their supposed roaming number (that they will pay back to us –with extras — when ‘they remit money‘).

It’s a known scam! People nowadays either just shrug these text messages off, make fun of it and send back pun replies, or take it profoundly and bad-mouth the sender.  But we can never deny the fact that there are gullible people (especially first-timers) who would actually fall for this modus and send credits to that number. Php 500, Php 1,000, Php 2,000. Poof! All gone in seconds.

Some wittily reply to the scam text messages with funny remarks. PHOTO CREDIT: FB (with consent from owner)
Some wittily reply to the scam text messages with funny remarks.
PHOTO CREDIT: FB (with consent from owner)

Reports about these scam messages have been going on for a while but it is not until now that the man behind this scheme was captured.

Roan Sia alias Mark Tan, was arrested by the National Bureau of Investigation for allegedly scamming P100 million worth of airtime credits he was collecting through load transfers. Thanks to the 50 mobile phone units the police recovered which the suspect has been using to deceive people. He would send random text messages and wait til somebody bites the trap. Voila! Sia will then encash the airtime credit to telecom companies’ money transfer services.

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According to Atty. Jun De Guzman, head of the NBI Special Investigation Service, the authority will investigate the case to see if there are others involved in this scheme.  Sia, on the other hand, will face various charges including large scale estafa and for violating the Access Device Act.

We should always be wary of the authenticity of the messages we receive, be it a text message, a call, or even chat messages. Despite the arrest of Sia, there are still a bunch of people out there who probably does the same thing.

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Customer Almost Scammed by Gasoline Boy at Petron

Customer Almost Scammed by Gasoline Boy at Petron

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Trina Marquez warned netizens against scammers, particularly about those planning to victimise unsuspecting customers at gasoline stations.

In a Facebook post she made on May 1, Marquez said her car was refuelled worth P500 even though she paid P1,000.

PHOTO CREDIT: Facebook/Trina Marquez
PHOTO CREDIT: Facebook/Trina Marquez

According to Marquez, she had her car refuelled with P1,000 worth of gas at a Petron Gas station. After refuelling, Marquez checked her car’s gas gauge. The customer was surprised to  see that her gas gauge was only 1/2 full even though it’s expected to be 3/4 full. This prompted her to question the gasoline boy to whom she gave her money.

Kuya sigurado ka bang worth 1K yung gas ko kasi kulang pa? Dapat almost 3/4 full na yun,” Marquez asked.

(Are you sure my gas is worth 1K because it seems less? It’s supposed to be 3/4 full.)

To which the gasoline boy replied: “Ma’am, 1,000 blaze po yun 25 Liters!”

Sensing something was wrong, Marquez didn’t buy the gasoline boy’s answer and asked for an official receipt. Moments later, the gasoline boy returned and told Marquez that the receipt had already been thrown away.

She told the gasoline boy: “Bakit hindi na makita?may nangolekta na ng basura nyo @ 7pm? Hindi ba computerized yan resibo nyo? Penge ako ng copy ko paki reprint yung resibo ko.”

(Why can’t you find it? Did they collect your trash at 7 pm? Aren’t your receipts computerized? Give me a copy and reprint my receipt.)

The Truth Comes Out

Marquez then approached the gasoline station’s cashier to trace her transaction amounting to P1,000. After thirty minutes, the cashier was unable to trace the transaction.

Unable to solve the problem, Marquez then talked to the gas station’s supervisor. The gasoline boy then admitted that he was actually the one who dumped the receipt in the trash can. The supervisor then advised Marquez to return the next day since she will inform her manager about the incident.

The next day, Marquez received a text message from the supervisor confirming that the gasoline boy confessed that he indeed attempted to scam her.

Gasoline Boy To Be Fired

Through a comment on her post, Marquez also revealed that the management of the gasoline station plans to fire the gasoline boy since he is aware of the company policies. Despite the ordeal, Marquez opted not to report the incident to the police and give the gasoline boy another chance.

“Sabi sakin ng manager, tatanggalin ng management ng Petron si gas boy sa trabaho. Ganon talaga daw kasi alam naman nya yung company policies,” Marquez said in a comment.

(The manager told me that the management of Petron will fire the gas boy. That’s the way it is because he knows the company policies. )

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

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

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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?
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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!

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