Thursday, September 9, 2010

Top 10 Modus Operandi of the Most Common Crimes in Manila

Top 10 Modus Operandi of the Most Common Crimes in Manila

Crime doesn’t pay and neither should you, not with your hard-earned cash, gadgets, credit cards, and even your life. Awareness is key to everything so brush up on the M.O.s of the old-timers and newbies in the world of fast cash cons in the country.

1. Sneaky Office Intruders

Scene of the crime: Thieves prey on workplaces with little or no security, usually during lunch hour or the afternoon break when employees leave their desks. Plan of attack: Taking advantage of offices’ downtime, these intruders sneakily work their way in. They may take on different disguises like posing as an employee’s friend, visitor, or as a messenger--complete with a Visitor’s ID. They target valuables like mobile phones, cash, laptops and credit cards. Saksi reported in April 2009 how a woman was caught on camera stealing the wallet of Sandy Wong, an employee of a review center in Quezon City. The suspect slipped inside the office and stole the wallet containing cash and seven credit cards. By the time Wong reported the credit cards missing, four of them had already been used. Over P50,000 was charged to her. When the suspect tried to buy a laptop worth P23,000, the store tipped off Wong, and the police arrested a certain Liza Garcia. Upon reviewing the CCTV footage, it was found that Garcia was not the same woman seen inside Wong’s office. Defense mechanism: Unless your office has implemented extremely tight security measures, it may be wise to bring your valuables in a small bag wherever you go, or lock them up somewhere thief-proof. Definitely a hassle but it’s a lesser struggle compared to slaving away to pay fo someone else’s shopping splurge. If an intruder has already hit your workplace, report the incident immediately. File charges if security catches him or her.

2. ATM (Automated Teller Machine) Scams

Scene of the crime: Usually in the vicinity of ATMs, where scammers try all sorts of things to make a quick buck at the cost of unsuspecting card owners. Plan of attack: ATM scammers have become more technology-savvy through the years. For instance, in 2007, they used magnetic rulers to trap money, surveillance cameras and external keypads to get PINs, and scheme machines to read ATM card information. In 2008, they used a detachable aluminum contraption and some sort of paste to trap money. In 2009, police discovered a new kind of scam, the ATM card switching. 24 Oras explained how the M.O. works: If you have just withdrawn money from an ATM, a scammer may approach you and tell you that you left a P500 bill behind. He or she will suggest that you check your ATM balance. As you do so, the scammer will sneakily memorize your PIN and drop a P500 bill on the ground. When you pick it up--as you are most probably inclined to do--the scammer will swipe your card and replace it with a fake one. Defense mechanism: In the 24 Oras report, the public is advised to lock ATM booth doors when they are inside, bring someone along when withdrawing money, cover the keypad when typing the PIN, and move to another ATM when there are suspicious people around, among others.

3. The Zesto Gang

Scene of the crime: Not as visible anymore as they were years ago, the Zesto Gang members scam bus passengers through quick tactics of distraction, confusion and intimidation. Named after the eponymous juice packs, the gang sometimes doesn’t even sell actual Zesto juice packs.

Plan of attack: A Zesto Gang member comes up to you in a bus, with bills of cash folded lengthwise and wound around the fingers by denomination in typical bus conductor style, and nonchalantly asks, "Ilan?" ("How many?") Thinking he or she is the bus conductor, you say how many people you’d like to pay the fares of, not knowing that the scammer is supposedly actually asking how many juice packs you’d like to buy. After getting your money, the gang member magically produces juice packs from out of nowhere, swiftly pokes straws in them and shoves them in front of you. And even if you doth protest to say, "But I thought..." or "That’s not what I...," you will curtly be told, too late, "Naitusok ko na eh," meaning they can no longer be sold, thanks to your (purported) hearing deficiency, and so rather than make a fuss or argue, you just sip in meek silence. Even more appalling? Scammers jack up the price of the juice pack to as much as ten times the actual price. Defense mechanism: You might try feigning sleep like FHM Managing Editor Allan Hernandez does. Seriously, check out loud if the person asking for your money is indeed the conductor replete with the requisite ID, bus tickets, and uniform, the top of which can range from a short-sleeved polo to a casual polo shirt with an embroidered bus logo (but beware, this too, can be faked). Look behind him or her for a mysterious pail or bag of juice packs!

4. Airport Ambush

Scene of the crime: Car thieves trail you from the airport and repeatedly attack your car until you are forced to give it up. Based on the reported incidents this year, this scheme is usually executed before dawn. Plan of attack: Carnapping suspects are believed to pick victims among passengers seen at the airport terminal before dawn, according to Once their chosen passengers are on the road, they repeatedly bump the rear portion of their victims’ vehicle, forcing them to stop. If they don’t, the carnappers speed up to the front of the victims’ vehicle and cut off their way. The carnappers don’t pick a particularly secluded area probably because the pre-dawn darkness gives them privacy. For instance, it was on C-5 Road in Pasig City where four men hijacked the van of Jorge Bernas, former Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s son-in-law, with his family onboard in June. About a month later, an American national and his Filipina wife and stepson were attacked at the intersection of EDSA and Shaw Boulevard. Unlike the family of private individuals that survived the EDSA incident relatively unscathed, Bernas was shot twice in the stomach and once on the left arm. It was reportedly because he resisted the armed men and shouted for help. Defense mechanism: The Philippine Star columnist Cecile Van Straten (a.k.a. blogger Chuvaness) suggests "booking a flight that doesn’t arrive in the early hours of the morning," "avoiding C-5 and Shaw Boulevard especially at odd hours," and "locking your doors at all times (and stepping) on the gas... if somebody bumps your car," among others.

5. Test Drive Threat

Scene of the crime: Carnappers pose as buyers who will test drive the car you’re selling--and later steal it at gunpoint. Plan of attack: Faux buyers respond to your "car for sale" ad and ask for a test drive. So, of course, you accompany them. Later, they drive the car to a secluded area where they force you out at gunpoint. Talk about seller’s remorse.

Defense mechanism: To avoid this carnapping trap, it’s best to let a seasoned used car dealer handle the sale, says Top Gear associate features editor Dinzo Tabamo. If you want to sell the vehicle yourself, Tabamo suggests you dictate the test driving route and bring along one or two companions. If the "buyers" balk at this, then you should refuse to let them take your car for a ride. We also suggest discreetly taking photos of all potential buyers before you go on a test drive. This way, if they turn out to be thieves, you’d have something the police could use to hunt them down.

6. Condo Criminals

Scene of the crime: Condominiums, apartment buildings, and townhouse compounds, according to 24 Oras. Plan of attack: Thieves invade units that are left unlocked or simply break into random units. Once inside, they ransack the place for valuables. To top it all off, some thieves also vandalize the units they invade. Defense mechanism: Lock the door even when you’re inside the condo unit. Add a chain lock (this one, if you dare). Ask the landlord to beef up the security or at least make sure the guards aren’t sleeping on the job.

7. Backstage Burglars

Scene of the crime: During a show or event, crooks sneak into the area behind the stage or inside the dressing rooms, where the commotion provides great cover for their criminal activities.

Plan of attack: Thieves can easily pose as aides, assistants, yayas or utility personnel and blend in with the crowd. They can pick up, say, a laptop, a wallet, or a designer bag and quickly run, or even casually and nonchalantly walk off with it without anyone knowing or minding. Defense mechanism: If you’re part of a show, event or function, designate someone to watch over your belongings at all times or designate a locked room or office as a holding room for your belongings. Notify the authorities if you notice any suspicious-looking people sneaking around, although thieves do have a knack for blending in.

8. Salisi Gang

Scene of the crime: Salisi Gang members lurk anywhere where there are people--malls, restaurants, fastfood joints, computer shops, bars, and clubs--and are just waiting for you to get distracted. Even the most tony hangouts of the elite are not exempt from these chameleons who have mastered the art of blending in and the art of distraction. Plan of attack: Just because the person next to you is dressed well or "looks normal," it doesn’t mean he or she has no criminal intentions. The gang members either divert their victims’ attention or wait until their targets are distracted before they move in for the kill. In a video that was supposedly shot in a major fastfood chain, a trio successfully steals a handbag from a nearby table (pay attention to the woman on the left). The bag owner realizes what has happened a few seconds too late. The CCTV footage shot one night at a hip lounge in The Fort revealed a pack of attractive, fashionable young women working as a group but sitting at separate tables and ordering drinks like the other patrons. Each woman would flit about from table to table. At the end of their covert operation, the footage showed that one of them had filched a total of five evening clutches from various customers! Defense mechanism: Constant vigilance! Keep your bag on your lap (not behind you on your seat) and be cautious about leaving it on another chair, and keep an eye on it at all times. Bring a bag hook so your bag is kept under the table. Don’t casually leave your cellphone, laptop or camera on the table where it can easily be grabbed in a split-second. Take precautions especially when out at night. Thieves are only too happy to see inebriated women in clubs dancing with wild abandon, unmindful of their evening bags, phones and cameras exposed on cocktail tables, ready for the taking. Wear a wrist-strap clutch instead and keep all your belongings in it.

9. Dugo-Dugo Gang

Scene of the crime: This group robs affluent homes by tricking unsuspecting house helpers into helping them get to the homeowners’ cash and valuables stash. Plan of attack: Remember that PLDT caller I.D. commercial? That’s basically how the Dugo-Dugo Gang operates. After casing a household, the gang members wait for the opportune moment when only the helper is in the house. The scammers call and pretend that a family member has been hurt and needs money for a surgery or medical procedure of some sort. Then they pressure the helper into forcing open the family safe, locked drawers, and the like to get cash and other valuables. The helper is then told to turn over the loot to the gang members. Defense mechanism: Tell helpers and everyone in the house about this scam. To find out if they actually remembered what you said, pretend to be a Dugo-Dugo Gang member and make them go through a drill. Take it a step further by rewarding those that keep their wits about them.

10. Budol-Budol Gang

Scene of the crime: The Budol-Budol Gang can strike anywhere using their alleged powers of hypnotism and "boodle" or counterfeit money--hence the name--that turn out to be just sheets of paper. Interestingly, Google Translate says "budol" means "gullible person." Plan of attack: Their M.O. may have evolved over the years but here’s their basic tactic: They lure or blackmail their victims into giving them valuables or cash in exchange for a bag filled with fake bills or products. In one reported instance in 2008, two suspected Budol-Budol Gang members managed to get a cellphone, a Walkman, and P2,000 from an unidentified 16-year-old girl in Cebu. The male and female suspects claimed they were looking for a vehicle to transport their things. Before they went to search for a vehicle, they asked the girl to hold on to a bag supposedly filled with money. In return, they got the girl to give them her valuables as a sort of safety deposit. It wasn’t long before the girl discovered the bag contained only fake bills. In 2005, a victim identified only as Marie claimed some Budol-Budol Gang members hypnotized her into giving them her money, jewelry, and mobile phones. She said she did not remember much after a man allegedly engaged her in small talk while she was walking along Ortigas Avenue. All she could recall was getting inside a certain van, drinking a glass of water, and handing over two years’ worth of savings of her seaman husband. All that in exchange for a black bag stuffed with sheets of paper. Defense mechanism: First of all, bear in mind one of the first things everyone learns as a kid: Don’t talk to strangers. Of course, that can’t be helped sometimes so remember another basic rule: Don’t accept candy from strangers. In this case, if strangers are giving you something as "sweet" as a bagful of cash, you better refuse. If you’re afraid of being hypnotized, find out how the controversial phenomenon supposedly works to avoid succumbing to it. wants to know: Have you been a victim of any of these M.O.s?

Monday, August 2, 2010

Latest Pasaload Scam !!!

Latest scam to get celphone load:
Do you receive unwanted text message.

Like this example text / sms:

Text # 1:

I2 k lng p0h me lal0,yta nla2 skt q ang skt ei.

Text # 2:

Neng nrecieve u b l0ad

Text # 3:

31Jul 07:50:09081718400 has loaded Regular Pack (P53.50) to 0921#######. New Load Wallet Balance:P6.25. Ref:490172112133

Text # 4:

Pwd p0h bng pkblik ng l0ad q 60.tnx

from: +639081718400

If you receive pasaload or any load for your celphone from a celphone number you do not know or missent load, this is the new modus operandi.
You will observe the number sending load is from a regular celphone number.
Do not reply, it's a scam. They will copy a load text message and will make it appear a real load for you. After an hours, they will text you the text # 4.
To return the load via pasaload. Do not do it. You will lost your load to scammer.

Reminder: Delete the text message, do not reply. Do not be tempted to be happy that someone give you a load. Remember NO FREE LUNCH, it's a scam.
Stay safe and have a nice day.

Friday, June 18, 2010

A Review of CA2020 scam-or-not-a-scam?

The Truth behind CA2020


The complete lowdown and process of ca2020 - from what happens when you
finish all the courses to how they earn their money (source: ):

Have you been invited or are you being invited by any member of a so-called
community named "Create Abundance 2020" or "CA2020" for short? They say that
they would like to make the Philippines a "First World Country" by making
Filipino "multimillionaires".

If you are not aware, here is a brief introduction to this community.

CA2020 Free Wealth Courses
They have 3 "free" wealth courses in which you have to finish a task to be
able to attend the next module.
Their first module "Awareness". They make you aware of what the future holds
for you with your current situation. But for this module I think the concept of
"Money Jar" stand out. It did help me manage my money more efficiently.

Money Jar as Money Management
Necessity - 50%
FFA (for Investment) - 20%
LTS (Lifetime Savings) - 10%
Education - 10%
Play - 5%
Give - 5%

To be able for Mr. Wings to attend the second module "Unlearning", he have
to invite 2 people to attend Module 1 and 101 ways on how he can be get
Php1,000,000.00 in a week. This can include logica/illogical or legal or illegal
ways. If he is having second thoughts, he will still be follow-up by this
community. Even if you say "NO", they will still ask you few more times. Now,
let us say that Mr. Wings attended this module, he is able to invite 2 of his
friends. This lecture is about what is your way of thinking about rich people.
How you're thinking is influence by your parents and their previous experiences,
media and your surroundings. They will ask you to keep an open-mind during the
discussions and to be as honest as possible. The moderator for this lecture was
good and got me more interested and intrigue.

Module 3 "Relearning", to be able to attend this module, Mr. Wings have to
invite 2 people more to attend module 1 and write 101 reasons why he want to be
rich. The reason that he will he be stating will be based on his dreams,
ambition and goals. Still, CA2020 will do continuous follow-up on him to finish
his 101 reason. Again, the discussion was good and believable. This is the part
that he is asked if he will continue or stop. He can say "YES" or "NO".

Wealth Courses are held in the following:

Monday/Tuesday - 3:00~5:00 and 6:00~9:00
Before: Starbucks, Pearl Drive Ortigas Complex, Pasig City
Now: Shangrila, Near the Cinema

Wednesday/Thursday - 3:00~5:00 and 6:00~9:00
Paseo de Roxas Bldg. Makati

Most of what they teach are from Robert Kiyosaki and T. Harv Eker Books.
They also quote some entry in the books and tell it to the attendees of the

CA2020 Cash Flow 101 and Cash Flow 202
I was also able to attend the cash flow game of R. Kiyosaki organized by
this group. They asked for Php400.00/player or 200/player of group of 3 which is
used for the players lunch and rent for the place . I only played once but I
have to admit the game was fun and educational. It is something new for me. It
was done every Saturday and Sunday or special events. They usually hold it in
"Spicy Fingers" and "Makati Stock Exchange". By the way, Cash Flow 101 Board
game made by R. Kiyosaki costs approx. Php15K and we only found 1 in Toy 'r Us
at Robinson Galleria.

Start of the Dilemma
Again, let us assume that Mr. Wings said "YES" after module 3, to be able to
attend the Module 4, He have to state 101 reason why he want to be a member of
the"Core Team". Also, he have to read "Why We Want You to be Rich" or what they
call "3wytbr" by R. Kiyosaki, CA2020 Power Investing Plan, Do you have what it
takes to be rich and Top 10 to do before joining the CA2020 Core Team. Of
course, he finished them all, so he was able to attend the next module. Now,
during Module 4 another coach gave some questions during the discussion which
the goal is to get his "deeper why". He wrote down on the paper
Php1,000~Php50000 denominations and asked mr. Wings to write names of friends
that he think will lend him the money that will have a total of Php100K. Yes,
I repeat Php100K. Then, he was asked to send text messages to this people and
see if how many will lend him the money. This is what they call "NT" or
"Network Test".

What is the money for?
This is the fun part, most of the people who attended the wealth courses
were fueled by their curiosity. Why? because if you talked to a coach and he
said that "I did not experience employment, after graduation I found this
community and joined. Now, I am earning passive income.". Who would not want
that kind of life, or who would not want to earn passive income? So you start to
ask how can they do that, what are their businesses? They will say that if you
are not a member of the core team, it is a secret. They will tell you that "if
this secret/system is broadcast to the public then many would like to join,
anyone can join. Here are some more lines that you might hear:

1. Have we sold anything to you?
2. Big Business owner do leverage on "Other peoples time (OPT), "Other
people money(OPM)", "Other people resources(OPR)", "Other Peoples skill(OPT)",
3. Imagine through if there is 150 members in the community and each member
net worth is 1,000,000, you have 150,000,000 total net worth.
4. Answers will be given one step at a time

Now, I think it is time to answer the question what is the 100K for?

Mr. Wings was able to gather 100K, he have to bring the money and attend the
Pre-Panel. What is Pre-panel? Mr. Wings will be given a "application form" (but
they call it a contract) of nu skin Enterprises (Nse). Nse is a legal and good
company (you can check their site if you like). Yes, it as you think, the 100K
that you leverage with other people will be used to buy Nse starter kits. Normal
process, to be a distributor you can spend 12,600 or 21K++ and they are point
basis, CA2020 is no exception.

How to return your 100K?
Mr. Wings is not familiar with this company, that it is a kind of network
marketing. He gave the 100K and buy the kits. To return his 100K, he is shown
the "compensation plan", but to make it short you have to, as to what their term
is "invite" 4 people who will join the core team and spend 100K. This is what
CA2020 call "Innovative Franchising". It is their "First step" to earn passive
income. To increase Mr. Wings passive income through network marketing he and
his other invites must invite more people who are willing (sort of).

They say, they have other source of income, that Nse is only 5% of the whole
picture. They will say "We are looking for leaders", or in network marketing
term "downline". They will also differentiate "downline" from "leaders", they
say leaders because they train you how to talk and express your self, "to
prepare you to be an entrepreneur". Well, they do provide leadership trainings
which include their free wealth course. Furthermore, they say to a new core team
member, "all you have to do is invite, we will do the rest". "The rest" means
the community will "convert" your invites so they might join the community.

For my points of view,

a. Nothing should be kept especially if it involves that amount of money.
b. It is like that the dreams, goals or ambition of the person attending the
wealth course is being used
as ammunition for hypnotizing these person.
c. Since the person joining the core team is entrusting their dreams to the
community, everything
should be open or cleared.
d. Do not call people "losers" just because they quit. It is said that
personal growth is developed in
this community but this behavior does not show it.
e. If you are not prepared to do their system, stop now, cause it will be a
lot harder getting out
and it is hard to return the 100K.

I wrote this blog so that people who are searching about CA2020 will be able
to see what they are getting in to especially if details are being kept from
them. I am not saying that they are a scam or not a scam. The judgement to this
will still be from the person who is going to enter this community. For those
who will be or planning to join, please do proceed with caution, Do not let your
curiosity get the best of you. Remember that "curiosity kills the cat".

Shared info Only

Friday, June 11, 2010

New Scam Artist in Metro Manila using the cellphone

New Scam Artist in Metro Manila using the cellphone

I would like to share this worrisome experience with all of you.

It's all started when I received a call from someone claiming that he was from Maxis and he asked me to shutdown my phone for 2 hours for 3g update to take place. As I was rushing for a meeting, I did not question and shutdown my cell phone.

After 45 minutes I felt very suspicious since the caller did not even introduce his name. I quickly turned on my cell phone and I received several calls from my family members and the others were from the number that had called me earlier - 02*954380.

I called my parents and I was shocked that they sounded very worried asking me whether I am safe. My parents told me that they had received a call from someone claiming that they had me with them and asking for money to let me free. The call was so real and my parents even heard 'my voice' crying out loud asking for help. My parent was at the bank waiting for next call to proceed for money transfer. I told my parents that I am safe and asked them to lodge a police report.

Right after that I received another call from the guy asking me to shutdown my cell phone for another 1 hour which I refused to do and hung up. They keep calling my cell phone until the battery had run down. I myself lodged a police report and I was informed by the officer that there were many such scams reported.. MOST of the cases reported that the victim had already transferred the money! And it is impossible to get back the money.

Be careful as this kind of scam might happened to any of us!!! Those guys are so professional and very convincing during calls. If you are asked to shut down your cell phone for updates by the service provider, ASK AROUND! Your family or friends might receive the same call.

Be Safe and Stay Alert!

Shared info from a scam survivor.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Advance-fee fraud or Email Scam or Fake job offer (Complete Revelation )

I'm sharing to you this popular email scam that victimize lots of people around the world. And still victimizing many people up to this moment your reading this blog.
I hope to inform the public about this scam that is regularly send in our email inbox or spam box. Just delete it and never entertain to read or reply to them to avoid you from being scam or victimize. Hope you read this, be inform and stay safe all the time.

An advance-fee fraud is a confidence trick in which the target is persuaded to advance sums of money in the hope of realizing a significantly larger gain.[1] Among the variations on this type of scam, are the Nigerian Letter (also called the 419 fraud, Nigerian scam, Nigerian bank scam, or Nigerian money offer[2]),[3] the Spanish Prisoner, the black money scam as well as Russian/Ukrainian scam (also widespread, though far less popular than the former). The so-called Russian and Nigerian scams stand for wholly dissimilar organised-crime traditions; they therefore tend to use altogether different breeds of approaches.
Although similar to older scams such as the Spanish Prisoner, the modern 419 scam originated in the early 1980s as the oil-based Nigerian economy declined. Several unemployed university students first used this scam as a means of manipulating business visitors interested in shady deals in the Nigerian oil sector before targeting businessmen in the west, and later the wider population. Scammers in the early-to-mid 1990s targeted companies, sending scam messages via letter,[4] fax, or Telex.[5] The spread of e-mail and easy access to e-mail-harvesting software significantly lowered the cost of sending scam letters by using the Internet. In the 2000s, the 419 scam has spurred imitations from other locations in Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe, and, more recently, from North America, Western Europe (mainly United Kingdom and Netherlands), and Australia.
The number "419" refers to the article of the Nigerian Criminal Code (part of Chapter 38: "Obtaining Property by false pretences; Cheating") dealing with fraud.[6] The American Dialect Society has traced the term "419 fraud" back to 1992.[7]
The advance-fee fraud is similar to a much older scam known as the Spanish Prisoner scam[8] in which the trickster tells the victim that a rich prisoner promised to share treasure with the victim in exchange for money to bribe prison guards. An older version of this scam existed by the end of 18th century, and is called "the Letter From Jerusalem" by Eugène François Vidocq, in his memoirs.[9]
Insa Nolte, a lecturer of University of Birmingham's African Studies Department, stated that "The availability of e-mail helped to transform a local form of fraud into one of Nigeria's most important export industries."[10]
Embassies and other organizations warn visitors to various countries about 419. Countries in West Africa with warnings cited include Nigeria,[8][11] Ghana,[12][13] Benin,[14] Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast),[15] Togo,[16][17] Senegal[18] and Burkina Faso.[19] Countries outside West Africa with 419 warnings cited include South Africa,[17][20] Spain,[20] and the Netherlands.[21]

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Philippine Franchising Scam

DTI warns OFWs vs franchising scam
Posted at 04/15/2010 11:03 PM Updated as of 04/15/2010 11:03 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Filipino migrant workers and their families were again warned against bogus franchisors duping them of their hard-earned money.
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) asked the foreign affairs department to issue an advisory to all Philippine posts to warn OFWs against rampant franchising scams.
The DTI specifically identified Fran.con Franchise Marketing and Consultancy, Inc., Hamoraon Business Specialist Inc., and Michelle Ann Pacubas-Chan (single proprietor) as bogus franchisors.
The trade department advises OFWs to contact the DTI Direct Hotline 751-3330 or the Franchising Associations and other relevant government agencies for verification of legitimate franchisors.
The DTI said it receives numerous complaints from victims of franchising scams, especially from OFWs.
Last March 23, the government agency held a dialogue with the Department of Labor and Employment, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency, Franchising Associations, and a number of complainants to assist and resolve the concerns of OFWs who would like to venture into the franchising business.
One of the measures agreed to address the issue is to conduct an intensive information campaign to alert and warn the public, especially OFWs, against bogus or fake franchisors.

PFA vows to act vs franchise scams (The Philippine Star) Updated May 10, 2010 12:00 AM
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine Franchise Association (PFA) renews its commitment to work hand-in-hand with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in curbing illegal franchises that are victimizing aspiring entrepreneurs and would-be franchisees.
PFA and Wendy’s Philippines president Yvette Pardo-Orbeta underscored the importance of exemplary business ethics as an integral part of running a successful franchise enterprise. “In PFA, members are bound by the Fair Franchising

Standards (FFS) which provides a framework for the implementation of best practices in their respective franchise relationships,” she noted. Orbeta explained that the FFS represents the ideals to which PFA members agree to subscribe, promoting transparency in the conduct of businessbetween  franchisor and franchisee, thereby maintaining the highest ethical standards in franchising.
“The PFA has continued its advocacy in informing, guiding, and educating new players, especially OFWs who wish to own their franchise. Unfortunately, an unscrupulous few have taken advantage of the good name of franchising for their selfish benefit,” Orbeta added.
Philippine franchising has significantly contributed to enterprise development and job creation. At present, the sector accounts for about $6 billion or about 25 percent of the country’s entire retail sales.
“The shady practices of the few should not diminish the public’s interest and trust in franchising,” said the PFA chief. “Be more diligent when looking into a franchise concept. Check the facts first before parting with your hard-earned money. It would be wise if you can consult with your lawyers and show the documents presented to you. Inquire if they are members of PFA,” she added.
To check the legitimacy of franchise operations, contact the PFA at 687-03 65 to 67 or (63917) 832-0732, email, or call DTI at telephone number 751-3330.

Introduction to Romance Scam ( Beware )

A romance scam is a confidence trick involving feigned romantic intentions towards a victim, gaining their affection, and then using that goodwill to commit fraud. Fraudulent acts may involve access to the victims' money, bank accounts, credit cards, passports, e-mail accounts, and/or national identification numbers or by getting the victims to commit financial fraud on their behalf.[1]

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Monday, May 17, 2010

Why do we have lots of scammer now-a-day?

Thanks for reading this blog. Hope you learn and get wiser in living in the real Philippine situation.

I'll be posting in series the classic modus operandi or scam that victimize many people in the past and present. I hope to archive all of this for you to learn and get wiser and stay safe all the time.

Here are the following scam, I'll be sharing in the coming post:

1. The Maria Makiling Gang (Originated in Laguna Area)

2. Order-order Gang ( strike anywhere )

3. Gintong Buwaya Gang

4. Salaguinto Gang ( Central Luzon )

5. Gusi-gusi Gang

6. Guintong Bara Gang

7. Palit-Palit Gang

8. Others all-time favorite scam.

Other criminal activities will not be share here that involved murder or killing people.
This are for law enforcer work. I'll be sharing is modus operandi or scam that happen to
ordinary people anywhere. Scammer is after your money or wealth.
But sometimes they also do the killing or murder. Hope we can share to you some survival tips.

Why do we have lots of scammer now-a-day?

Most answer is poverty. One factor.

Other factor, lawlessness, quick money.

Our law is not implemented properly lots of loopholes.

Scammer always got away throught bail-out if caught.

Best suggestion, make a law that scamming is a life sentence crime.

Why do lots people got scam always in the Philippines?

Due to our present situation, many people want good life.

This increase the chance of scammer to practice their trade of scamming.

Many potential victim is willing to play the game.

More than a decade ago, up to the present time.

Many people mostly professional to government employee got scam.

From ordinary housewife to regular worker they were also been victimize.

Do you still remember?

Multitel, MMG, G Cosmos of Genta Ogami, Gold Quest, Francswiss, First Quadrant, PIPC of Michael Liew, PowerHomes and others unique name of company that promise unlimited income or wealth. ( All for sweet talk, promises and getting your hard earn money as investor to them )

From the many multi-level marketing scam (MLM)
( Require you to be member and buy worthless vitamins, drinks, food or junk food or things you don't really need and scamming other to join you by recruitment or referral).

From many ponzi scheme, pyramiding scheme, modus operandi and other panloloko sa kapwa .

From pre-need insurance that break the heart of many parent across the country.
(For the promise of college eduation )

From bank holiday of Legacy group that scam many people to invest to worthless bank investment.

Name it, the Philippine have already experience, encounter and exhausted.
The Filipinos have suffer a lots from this unscrupulous genius and company.
They think that the people will always be scam.

Many victim are still suffering from financial, physical, mental trauma.
Some tragic happening, destroy family and relationship.

Hope you have know one of this scam and always remember this the rest of your life.

In order to get even with this scammer, we have to outdo, outdate their scheme, outlaw them.
Expose the evil deeds that hide under sheepskin. Beauty outside, beast inside.

Most of this scammer escape and living a life of comfort now abroad. Some caught but still enjoy some perk inside the detention.

Hope our advocacy for a scam-free Philippines will snowball across the Philippines and abroad.
To help open the eyes, mind and concern that we must do something to help put an end to this misdeed toward other people or fellowmen.

It's payback time scammer.

pinoyscambuster blog is here to expose you. Due to frustation to the situation that scamming other is becoming a lucrative business and livelihood for some. It's go against the right norm of our Filipino values and ideals as a society. Even universal norm of equality, justice, solidarity, peace and making our world a better place.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

How do text scammer got my celphone number? Who is the potential target?

How do text scammer got my celphone number?

Where getting to the nerve of ths text scammer world. They will be very furious to this trade secret that I'm about to share to you. This is the reality of life, some bad and some good other maybe neutral or do not bother.

I'm taking the side of the good, the light and the just toward other people.

How do they get my celphone number?
The text scammer is using the text blasting like spam mail in our email.
The difference is they have learn the celphone number grouping based on target area they want to scam. You will know that one celphone number format is designated in one area use. This give them idea who they will send the text scam message.
This is the bad things about our prepaid sim. The retailer sell the sim card in a sequence number. As provided by telecom. Once they establish the celphone number designated area or abroad for OFW roaming sim. They start to build-up the database. It's like telephone directory given by telephone company in specific subscriber city or town. This how they build-up the series or sequence of celphone number to be scam.
The other way is to get celphone number is from textmate ads in local tabloid / Filipino community newspaper abroad. Or in the internet via Filipino forum, chatroom, textmate ads and other posting in the website that have celphone number, buy & sell ads and others. They have a researcher and information gatherer to get all the celphone to be scam. It's a full-time job, they got quota of celphone number to be gather a day.
Most price of all celphone number researcher & gatherer is the OFW textmate ads. Those looking for textmate is lonely or homesick working abroad with roaming sim. Easy target by text scam. They mostly have profile to use to hypnotize the victim.
Remember: Do not put your complete profile if your looking for textmate. Or just avoid using newspaper or internet for your textmate ads. Keep you away from text scam or being scam.
Just a friendly tips.

Recent development is the big income they generate from text scam. They now employed spotter abroad who frequently hang-out in Filipino tambayan or place frequented by OFW abroad. They befriend OFW, get the profile and the celphone number. They mostly target is the domestic helper or caretaker who is left alone by employer at home. Most potential target to be scam. They inform the text scammer operator the gather information and get paid for every successful text scam target or victimize.

Who is (can be 'are') the potential target?

Anyone who will get curious to response to text scam message or call the text scammer celphone number. Is the potential victim to be hypnotize by text scammer.
Reminder: Never attempt to textback or reply to the text scam message. Never try to call.
Delete immediately the message to avoid temptation to reply or call the text scammer.
If you receive the lots of text scam or missed call. Better change sim card. Or just turn-off your celphone for an hour or a day. Depending on your observation. Use common sense in your decision or response to this text scamming incident. If you can report to authority or your family member, friend or relative to help you. Is advisable to do. Read my previous post to learn what to do.

Do you remember all the request load of callcard the text scammer get from the victims.
This are the load they use to text scam many thousand of people a day. They been using sms modem to text blast everybody.
Each text scammer celphone number are sending a thousand text a day using sms modem. If we have 10 text scammer sending text scam message, it's 10 thousand text message a day. In 100 day they text 1 million text message to 1 million celphone number. If they can victimize 1 person in a thousand text message is a good for them. This is just a bird eye view only. Estimated text scam group now have increase in number. They been sophisticated operation now. It's like BPO or callcenter in operation now. They now have researcher, texter, telemarketing agent serve as suppose important person to talk to by victim to claim the prize or the winning, spell chantter, owner / operator / trainor, personnel to claim the remittance from bank or remittance center, forger of important document and I.D. to be use by the group.
It's a big scamming business now, from humble beginning they expanded the operation across the Philippines. To keep up with the growing number of potential victim.

How they do it?

Once they receive your reply, they have designated telemarketing agent to handle to scam you. They will do the step by step scamming procedure. Once you call they already on the way to hypnotize you. Hope to stop the entire procedure how they do it. Maybe some copycat will do the scamming. Until here. Stay safe and happy. Not all the promise prize, winning or gift to you by anonymous text message is really for free. There is no free lunch now-a-day.
Once you avail or enter the text scammer game, you will always end-up losing money.
Never entertain this text scam message, even heaven and earth is the prize to win.
All the riches, glitter or fame accumulate without hardwork, common sense or good deeds is nothing. Stay focus, remember no one will give you money now-a-day if you never work for it.

Remember: Scam is making useless or worthless opportunity to shine like gold. Not all that shine is gold. Stay safe avoid riches that is given without hardwork.

Thanks to rescue text scam victims for sharing this story.

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Hypnotizing Text Scam ( Self - Remedy )

The new generation text scam. More effective way to text scam other.
Bits scary now-a-day. This latest text scam have been develop few years ago.
Hope you read all my posting about History of Philippine Text Scam and Budol-Budol gang to understand what I am explaining.
There is a saying that 'Birds of the same feather flocks together'.
This is the evolution of Hypnotizing Text Scam that been use to victimize lots of people.
Due to awareness now-a-day, most text scam is not getting lots of victim.
The scammer have partner with former member of cult and sect from budol budol gang.
Like share information, they now learn the art of hypnotism.
Both gang started in Central and Southern Philippines. They share the same dialect.
This make them more compatible to do the crime.
Hope your familiar with all the posting in google search about Philippine Text Scam.
In any given days of using your celphone you have anonymously
receive sms / text message scam or your family members, relatives and friends. So, we now know and familiar on what I'm sharing to you.
The scammer is a genius to their craft, perfected over the years.
But, I'm about to share to you how they do it?
The self-remedy and actual rescue work we done in the victim.
Hope you open you mind to this new revelation.

The different of this scam is not just your ordinary text scam message you won something.
But, require you to call the celphone number provided to get you more personal in claiming you prize or winning. The company that will give you the prize want to know you better or interview.
To add the legality, you will be talking to a very important person. The name sound like government official name, name with professional title ( Attorney, Doctor, Engineer ), name and surname or lastname of the rich and famous.
This is like ASL in the chatroom ( Age, Sex, Location )
But now the scammer want is NASL ( Name, Age, Sex, Location ) or more like your real address, birthday. All this information they want is for the purpose of processing to claiming your winning prize.
Sound realistic to me. But, wait my friend, this is just the beginning of a effective scam your responding. Because the tandem spell chantter is much more improve they now using the candle chantting. This is a very dangerous way of hypnotism. Once they get your profile you IN the spell of hypnotism. You be like robot.
They will instruct you to buy thousand of peso worth of load to be sent to them the serial number and pin number of the loadcard thru text or sms. Or send money to them worth of thousand of peso also thru money remittance service or bank account they will provide. All for the purpose of processing fee. You will powerless, you mind will be under the spell of hypnotism for few days.

What is the self-remedy?

My favorite spice and herb still can be use as first aid. But, it will not be much effective now.
You need a handler like you who read my blog. I will teach you to be a handler to counter-attack the spell chantter. You must have a pure heart to help the victim of hypnotism, a strong will and good intention is the key to defeat this scam. If you adhere any faith you must first pray for spiritual shield. If your a free believer, your positive attitude will do. Be comfortable and remove your fear, anxiety or stress. We can overcome this as good always triumph over evil.
Remember: If you receive a text scam message with a message "call me, call me immediately" or any message inviting you to call them, even they send many times the message, please do not call, just delete the message, even they promise heaven and earth as prize, ignore and never be tempted to reply or call them. This will open-up yourself to be victim of this group.

How do I help the hypnotize text scam victim?

Upon learning any incident. Ask the victim what He / She is instructed to do. If already bought a callcard load for celphone. You can advise to stop in sending the serial number or pin number thru the given text number. If the victim still insist, you can suggest that you the one will help send the serial number and pin number to the scammer celphone number. Game of the trick, just alter or change serial and the pin number if the victim insist. You need to get the trust of the victim first, you favor He / She is doing. Or you can fake the sending of loadcard to scammer. It's up to you to do it. Use common sense. But, never attempt to talk to the scammer, you to can be hypnotize. In case you oblige to do, give a fake name or profile. Never use the word "PO" or "OPO". Never late than sorry. It can activate and hypnotize you. You can chew the spice and herb while doing the negotiation to keep you mind alert.
100 % this will not be done by the scammer to talk to other person while hypnotizing somebody, they want to victimize one person at a time.
Most of the scam, 1st phase is loadcard load and 2nd phase is the sending money to them.
If you encounter the victim already accomplish the 1st phase, just let it go. You cannot retrieve the loadcard, unless you can report to telecom what happen. But it will never happen. Because it's our own risk to use the loadcard. We must guard the 2nd phase because this involve thousand of money. You can ask the help of NBI, NTC or money transfer company to help block the padala / remittance or suspend pay-out or release of money, just bring the receipt or info to request for immediate suspension of padala or money transfer. Most of them have anti-scam procedure. If already done this. Do not worry, you money will be return to you later.
Let be back with the victim. If you can trained other to be handler much better. One will be your errand assistance for other stuff. So, you can have concentration on what your doing to help the victim. The scammer will be persistence to get the padala / remittance of money.
They really want the money as main objective. Once they learn the money is been block. They will immediately cease and the celphone number will be immediately unreach. Because they will not use it anymore. They know the handler is here and your one of the handler. We been working to neutralize them.
As handler, you will feel some strange feeling or uneasiness. It's ok, do not panic.
Just drink water with some salt to taste or gargel it. Use it as washing face or hand to remove the spill over of hypnotism from the victim. Eat well, use the spice and herb to keep you alert.
Avoid talking too much. Just be authorative. If the hynotism talk more than two days. Sleep on time, get other family member or friend to take turn in duty to guard the victim. While other sleep. If under spell of hypnotism, He/ She want to talk to scammer.
If you can advise them that they been scam and responded with awareness. This will stop the hypnotism. Use observation and common sense to help the victim. Do not hurt the victim physical or verbal. The victim need is caring and loving to overcome this hypnotism.
Remember: Handler do not fast-track the counter-attack, you need to invest your time, minimum 2 days to a week. To be effective in this situation.
In case, you can convince the victim to give you the control of the celphone that He / She is using. Immediately turn OFF the celphone to cut communication with scammer. But, most of the cases, this will have some reaction from victim due to hypnotism. Use common sense and observation. But still you must follow the self-remedy I recommend to be effective.

For victim:
Keep them in a comfortable room with ventilation, must be indoor, if under hypotize condition.
Give the same water with salt formula and lots of plain water if thirsty. If they can chew and spit the spice and herb will be much better. If hungry feed them like baby. The mind or consciousness is under hypnotism. Use towel with luke warm water and salt solution to clean the face, body. They will feel restless but do not worry. Spell chantter also get tired also. They do it up to two days. After two day the victim will be back to original awareness.
She will know what happen? Sometimes He / She will start telling the story before it happen.
Let them tell. They will cry and depress or get sorry what happen. Let them get this feeling out.
If with violent reaction, please remove all deathly weapon or instrument. Counsel them with low tone of voice. That this is all over, your been free.
Pointer: The victim will feel too tired after this, let them sleep and get recover.
But, please get somebody to stay with the victim for few days until fully recover.
( As victim is lonely or want something to help the family this entice them to respond to text scam of big reward or prize )

Rule of the game: No contest join or raffle ticket, no price to expect. Specially if you receive sms / text message from an ordinary sim number or celphone number. This is automatic scam.
Do not be greedy or outsmart other. If you feel somebody is gullible or ignorant or below you intelligence. Forget it, this is just sa decoy to scam you.

Remember: If you lost or scam some money you can still earn it. Do not think of getting back to them. Where will you get them. They scam you thru sms / text message only. Remember the text scammer is invisible.
Unless the goverment never pass a law to regulate or registered all sim card in our country.
This problem will still prevail. The new generation of scammer will emerge. As long as the country suffer poverty. Hope and work we make our country a scam-free. That people enjoy the warm hospitality, trust and goodness of the Filipinos.

4. ATBP.
National Telecommunications Commissions (NTC)
Tel no. (+63 2) 921-3251(+63 2) 926-7722

Follow my next post: " How do text scammer got my celphone number? & Who is the potential target? " Will reveal to you our research, observation and story from people. Hope this will help you to be watchful and wiser. Let make the Philippine a land of the chosen and pure at heart.

Special thanks to all the street thug, the inmate and ordinary people who share this untold story over the decade across the country. Your story is now written to be share. Hope everybody learn.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Fable Yamashita Treasure Scam!!!

Hope you read the link of Yamashita Treasure to understand the entire story.
Is the story real? My answer is YES!
Why do I answer is yes?
The whole story is true and real.
Why do it became a scam?

Hope to share to you the research, observation and story I got from many people in the past few decade.

First retrieval:
The untold story is right after the world war II in the Philippines.
The American government dug-up most of the major treasure site of the Japanese.
As part of payment for the war damage.

Second retrieval:
Due to fast phase of retrieval after war. Many treasure site is not able to be dug-up.
Here come the former American Soldier coming back to country to get it as personal fortune.
How do they do it?
They built company, factory and building as decoy to dug-up the treasure.
Happen in the 50's and 60's

Third retrieval:
Under the Marcos regime in the 70's to 80's. They make a partnership with Japanese to dug-up
the treasure. They built lots of road and bridge across the country.
It's a dual purpose, help built the project and dug-up the treasure.
Nobody can know they got something.

Fourth retrieval:
After 1986, up to present. It's a personal venture of the remaining former Imperial Japanese Soldier to dug-up the treasure.
Mostly from personal loots of the soldier.
How they do it?
In this period, the popularity of many Filipina going to Japan to work as entertainer.
This give this former Japanese Soldier idea to cameback to Philippines and dug-up the treasure by marriage to a Filipina. They can have reason to come and built house, resthouse and resort above the treasure site. This serve as decoy to get the treasure.

The above retrieval is mostly successful.

Why it's became a scam?

Many Filipino, even foreigner have tried to get this treasure's have lost lots of money, destroy family relation, risk life and even death by accident in digging the treasure or been poison by poison gas.
Many to no success. Even you have the map, the marking or whatever that lead to the treasure.
Simple answer, somebody have first got hold of the treasure. They dug-up long before you know and got interest to get it. This make lots of fail venture up to this present time.

Remember: Not all the glitter is gold.

You can heard lots of story across the Philippines of this Yamashita Treasure, the get quick scheme to riches. Never, never to be fool to invest a single centavo to this venture. It's a empty promise to dug-up the treasure. You end-up to be scam or lost money.
Real treasure is what you work for and earn for will be worthy of your life.
Maybe some existing treasure is hidden across the country. It's a destiny to get it.
So, do not attempt to get it. Just be content what you have will do.
Even your dreaming of this wealth that can help your family.
Consider it just a good past-time story to remember.
Hope you stay healthy and happy. Do not worry about other riches.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Background of Yamashita Treasure?

Yamashita's gold, also referred to as the Yamashita treasure, is the name given to the alleged loot stolen in Southeast Asia by Japanese forces during World War II and hidden in caves, tunnels and underground complexes in the Philippines. It is named for the Japanese General Tomoyuki Yamashita, nicknamed "The Tiger of Malaya". Though accounts that the treasure remains hidden in Philippines have lured treasure hunters from around the world for over fifty years, its existence is disputed by most experts.[1][2] The rumored treasure has been the subject of a complex lawsuit that was filed in a Hawaiian state court in 1988 involving Philippine treasure hunter, Rogelio Roxas, and former Philippines president, Ferdinand Marcos

Please read the complete story from this link:

Notice: Just read the link to know more about Yamashita Treasure but not be attracted to the glitter of gold.

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Sunday, May 9, 2010

Origin of Budol-Budol Gang and Dugo-Dugo Gang? ( Self -remedy)

This gang regularly victimize lots of people in our country.
This is the untold story and will never be reveal by gang member even caught or torture to reveal the truth.
Where do they came from?
This gang is the wrongdoing of some former member of a Central Philippine Cult or Sect as you want to call it. The cult or sect itself have good intention by it's leader's and true members to use the knowledge for faith healing. The goodness of this group still exist in remote places of Central and Southern Philippines. I highly respect their doing to help poor people in remote places of our country to get help from their sect in healing or albularyo service.
In the evolution of time and migration of many people to cities across the Philippines.
Due to poverty, some former member have follow the flow of time to seek opportunity in the city. The end-up also poor in the city and influence by bad elements of the society. The knowledge they know from the sect or cult is harness for their survival in the city. To use this knowledge of hypnotism for scam. This is birth of Budol-Budol Gang and Dugo-Dugo Gang in the Philippines. Those former member's pioneer a great scam that is so popular until now.
The gang is still a family member operation like mafia.
New gang member may not know the origin of this gang. But the knowledge and training that been develop and perfected over the decade have make this gang an urban legend to many people. How they do it? I now reveal to you.

What is the remedy if you encounter this gang?

This one of the unanswer in many write-up, mostly is writing a story or news of what happen after the scam have victimize.

I will share to you what will you do before being scam. To help everyone aware what to do?
You will notice that Budol-Budol Gang operate in mostly in tandem. This is the best kept secret that I will answer. They mostly look harmless or gullible, they will ask question like stranger in one place. Hope you read my other post about this topic. One thing they want to know is what is your name? Why they want your name? Most will think for trust or to know each other as we mostly do. This is true for a hospitable society like the Philippines. You will notice only one person in the gang do the talking while other is quite. Because, the other gang member is a quite chantter of spell. Once you give your name? The quite chantter will cast a spells on your name that will hypnotize the victim and forget yourself what happening, you will be like robot under gang control. Due to our respect toward other person, we always say "PO" at "OPO" this is word that activate the chants & spells. This chants and spells last 1 to 3 days, depending on the gang intention to victimize the victim. Due to safety reason for gang, they now operate in a scam quick scheme mostly lasted 6 to 12 hours of victim been hypnotize and forget oneself, big or small amount will do for them now. No wander they never been caught.

Rule to avoid this happening: ( To avoid Budol-Budol Gang member )

If stranger is asking something, better avoid speaking and go away. (Just signal hand or head "NO" reaction will do.
If unavoided just point direction if asking direction to be respectfull.
Never talk to them if alone. Go near to many people.
As chantter of spell cannot cast a spell to many people.
If you can go near a people, police, guard, driver or people near you.
Unavoided refer them driver for direction.
Refer them to other to talk to, but better more people.
As the other people will be victimize.
It's is hard to know who are them. Just use common sense and discernment.
I cannot recommend any amulet for respect to all faith, maybe simple spice in you bag or
pocket will do the trick but not always guarantee.
(Small piece of ginger, garlic, onion, sili, pepper or any mint, hot or spicy plant and bottle of water, sachet of ordinary salt)
When you talk to stranger and you feel strange or unwell feeling or dizzy, you suddenly feel weak or helpless, just chew small piece of spice or herbs, you can spit or swallow and drink some water (or gargel some salt and water) to awaken you mind or consciousness and go near more people or inside a store talk to guard or salelady you feel something or borrow a telephone or call your celphone and call-up your family, friend or relative to pick-you-up, most of them have develop the evil eye ( balis ). This make person feel week or helpless.
( Upon rescue of family, friend or relative, please remember to pray or visit your place of worship and pray. To increase you spiritual shield )
Special thanks to the former thug of C.M. Recto Manila, for sharing this info.
Your reform life have open this information to all to know and be aware.
Hope and pray that this knowlegde be share toward other.
That no more victim of this gang in our country.
Let make their scam outdated and outlaw.
Have a safe and happy life to all.

To avoid Dugo-Dugo Gang member to victimize your household help or kasambahay or anybody in you household become a victim?

This is some of the way or technic they do?
Why in the world they know your name?
Your schedule, profile your life.
Bits scary, but this is the reality.
Your househelp name or anybody and know your telephone number?
This is plain intelligence work from this gang.
They do research and observation on target. Use phone directory to know your telephone number. This take time to do by dugo-dugo gang. But always get big time.
Mostly, get info from your trash. Believe or not, this is a goldmine of information for them.
Remember this 2 group originate in the same cult or sect. End-up poor in the city, they always live in depress communities. This is the beginning a innovative dugo-dugo gang. From scavenging trash across the city to make a living more than 2 decade ago, they got regular paper trash from well-to-do household.
Not all we think they do not read or write. Some have able to go to school. They know how to read simple word and understand. From regular trash, some bright people able to read mail from trash. This gave then idea to make a scam using the trash paper they got.
Many busy people throw-out mails from unsolicited subscription ads, catalog and other.
They have a mailing name and address of a person. This gave way to their initial information access of your name and your address. This scam is perfected over this period. They were able to improve this scheme and able to set-up a monitoring system of who will they victimize, complete with personnel to do it. ( They like NBI or FBI, do profiling).
Mostly target is wealthy busy people and house always left to household help.
Or you go abroad.
( Favorite target by them )

They attack the target with information they gather.
The caller and spell chantter (Tandem scammer)
Create a panic scenario call that the owner of house got an accident or anything that can make the househelp o person in the house got panic. The spell chantter is already operating in the other line of the phone, they already know the name of the person they talk to the chantter of spell to hynotize just wait for the "PO" or "OPO" to activate the spell.
If already under hypnotism, they instruct the usual things. Bring all the money, jewerly or anything valuable. Hypnotize person met in a fastfood store, mall or any public place.
Other gang personnel is already dispatch in the designated place to get the loots from the victim.
Most hypnotism last 1 day only. They move quick and no trace.
Upon the return of wealthy busy person they got the shock of there life.
( Do not panic )

I share to you some survival tips or remedy before this happen.
Not guarantee, but better safe than sorry.
You must remind househelp this scam is true, never believe in any caller at once.
You must practice a coded way of talking to verify it's true in your entire household that you only familiar with or secret nickname, it's up to you (Some jejemon word can do).
Rule of the game, do not give vital info from the unknown caller.
Like name, address, age or birthday. (They can cast the spell on you)
Tell other family member what happen, if true to check for the hospital or police station for any accident blotter.
Remember: Always call the celphone of the suppose victim in your family directly to confirm is He or She got into accident or trouble. This will clear things up.
Have a telephone list of family member at home, so househelp or any person at home can inform other family member immediately.
Never reply "PO" or "OPO" to unknow caller. This may activate the hypnotism spell.
( This is not disrepectful but safety measure )
If ever feel strange or dizzy upon talking to a phone, please use spice and herbs self-remedy.
( On the above posting )
Buy a paper shredder to cut all your important trash paper. ( Especially with your name, address or profile )
Get a caller ID from telecom company and regularly registered all call for future references
on a logbook or notebook. In case something happen you can check what number they call.
( Remember where in the Philippines, self-service of all remedy you think, no one will help you and you need to make some precautionary measure only )
If your a residencial home with busy person always househelp stay at home.
( Request for removal of your name in telephone directory from telecom )
You want private telephone number if you do not want other to know your name and telephone number. This upon your discretion only.
Rent a safety deposit box (SDB) in your bank, put all your valuable in bank vault for safekeeping.
Always left few cash at home, apply, get and teach househelp or family member to use atm card.
To lessen cash exposure at home.
Unavoidable, you can have less to lost or damage on your life.
This is just a tip. It's up to you to revise or modify to suit on your lifestyle.
Have a safe and happy life to all.

Budol-Budol Gang and Dugo-Dugo Gang BE WARY OF THEM !

Budol-Budol Gang and Dugo-Dugo Gang *BE WARY OF THEM!!! for everyone

Budol-budol is a scam principally involving a bundle (budol) of cash padded inside with sheets of paper cut in the size of money. Only the exposed sides however are real money, everything in between are plain paper cuttings.


The gang

Those who operate this type of scam are generally referred to as Budol-budol gang members. These swindlers are actually con-artists that operate in a group. They usually front an attractive lead, male or female depending on their plot, strategically set-up to disarm the potential victim and avoid suspicion at the same time. Victims of the Budol-budol gang often describe the members as sweet-talking, charismatic, and convincing. Other victims even report having been hypnotized by the group.

The ploy

From the initial set-up of a stranger carrying an envelope containing a bundle of cash, a wide variety of ploys are employed by the gang. Reports and stories of the Budol-budol operations vary from a balikbayan urgently needing a huge amount in Philippine Peso in exchange for his Dollars, to a stranger's emergency offer to swap his bundle of cash with a cellphone or an expensive piece of jewelry.

The complication

After gaining the potential victim's trust, the lead will try to further deepen his story. In order to involve other members, the lead will complicate the situation make it compelling to the victim but still believable. The ploy works by creating realistic identities with matching stories that would seem too random to be be connected. And when the helpless victim bites the plot, the deals come into play.

The deal

A deal is offered by the gang to the victim in a highly suggestive manner. It is usually done quickly (although some reports of big-time Budol-budol scams are said to have taken days to plan and execute) giving the victim little or no time to think and react. The two parties will then switch goods; the bundle of money of the lead for whatever the victim has. And while a lot of cellphones, bags, and jewelries have been lost to this illegal operation, some high profile cases report having lost rare paintings, expensive furniture and millions worth of checks to the Budol-budol gang. After the deal is made, the gang and the victim splits.
The discovery
The victims, now carrying what they think is a huge sum of money, will not immediately open the envelope containing the bundle of cash for security reasons. Once they reach a safe place, they open the envelope and find out - too late - that they have fallen victim to the Budol-budol scam.

Budol-budol Gang

- they trick you into exchanging something of value from you (cellphone/jewelry) to something of no value from them (bundles of fake cash). Greedy individual blocks out everything (reason/caution/common sense) in anticipation of a huge windfall hence the belief that they are hypnotized. They are actualy hypnotized by their own greed.

Dugo-dugo Gang

- somebody calls somebody from your household, usually a naive maid or young relative and tricks them into bringing valuables on the premise that you met an accident and need money for hospital deposit immediately.- entirely different from Budol-Budol gang and more sinister.

Words of advice

Authorities advise the public

not to trust strangers,

carefully assess deals and transactions involving huge amounts,

be doubtful of undocumented offers of cash, and

always ask for a receipt when part of any big or small transaction

or simply, to avoid becoming a victim follow the simple rule:


What is Budol-budol Gang?

Budol-budol is a scam principally involving a bundle (budol) of cash padded inside with sheets of paper cut in the size of money. Only the exposed sides however are real money, everything in between are plain paper cuttings.

The Worthless Bastards

Those who operate this type of scam are generally referred to as Budol-budol gang members. These swindlers are actually con-artists that operate in a group. They usually front an attractive lead, male or female depending on their plot, strategically set-up to disarm the potential victim and avoid suspicion at the same time. Victims of the Budol-budol gang often describe the members as sweet-talking, charismatic, and convincing. Other victims even report having been hypnotized by the group.

The ploy

From the initial set-up of a stranger carrying an envelope containing a bundle of cash, a wide variety of ploys are employed by the gang. Reports and stories of the Budol-budol operations vary from a balikbayan urgently needing a huge amount in Philippine Peso in exchange for his Dollars, to a stranger's emergency offer to swap his bundle of cash with a cellphone or an expensive piece of jewelry.

The complication

After gaining the potential victim's trust, the lead will try to further deepen his story. In order to involve other members, the lead will complicate the situation make it compelling to the victim but still believable. The ploy works by creating realistic identities with matching stories that would seem too random to be be connected. And when the helpless victim bites the plot, the deals come into play.

The deal

A deal is offered by the gang to the victim in a highly suggestive manner. It is usually done quickly (although some reports of big-time Budol-budol scams are said to have taken days to plan and execute) giving the victim little or no time to think and react. The two parties will then switch goods; the bundle of money of the lead for whatever the victim has. And while a lot of cellphones, bags, and jewelries have been lost to this illegal operation, some high profile cases report having lost rare paintings, expensive furniture and millions worth of checks to the Budol-budol gang. After the deal is made, the gang and the victim splits.

The discovery

The victims, now carrying what they think is a huge sum of money, will not immediately open the envelope containing the bundle of cash for security reasons. Once they reach a safe place, they open the envelope and find out - too late - that they have fallen victim to the Budol-budol scam.

Words of advice

Authorities advise the public
not to trust strangers,
always check your profit before going away,
never have deals with people you meet in a public location
carefully assess deals and transactions involving huge amounts,
be doubtful of undocumented offers of cash, and
always ask for a receipt when part of any big or small transaction

Saturday, May 8, 2010

History of Philippine Text Scam?

In the advent of celphone craze in the Philippines. The Filipinos adapted the celphone like necessity in life. All sort of things is now center to celphone and text / sms. This have pro's & con's in our daily life. But, some genius people have found way to make celphone a moneymaking opportunity. Most of this is for good purpose to benefit the people.
But, some genius people use it to scam people of hard earn money. By using the sms / text to scam other people became a livelihood for some people.
We often heard and read the advisory from Media, TV, Radio, Newspaper, Government, Bank and others. To avoid text scam modus operandi. But no one have ever tell how this text scammer started.
A decade of observation and monitoring have unravel some info about this text scammer who still operate in the Philippines.
Who started the first text scam in the Philippines?
A first reported text scammer is started by an employee of a money transfer company two decade ago.
This is the beginning of text scam that victimize first the OFW remittance that give idea to this employee.
The sad thing, the scammer is arrested and able to bail-out. Upon release and unlocated by authority. This person have return to his hometown and establish the text scam business.
He was able to recruit and train to become a professional text scammer that is now operating across the Philippines.
They have perfected the craft that make unlimited income for the scammer. This started the massive text scam sms / text we now receive in most celphone we use in the Philippines. It's like a callcenter set-up now, very sophisticated.
This is locate in central and southern Philippines. They have a training center for text scammer.
It's still a family business set-up like Mafia.
Due to prepaid sim available and no registration of sim card. This problem will prevail.
We hope our good legislature pass a law to regulate all prepaid sim card to be registered.
As most foreign country is now doing. You cannot buy over-the-counter sim card without valid id, fill-up application form and registered with telco & government agency that regulate sim. Before sim activation and use. This safeguard everybody, hope telco is not after profit but responsibility.
To all who read must know: Not all that shine is gold, this is the guide that most text scammer is working to make some scenario or story thru sms /text that you got something, win some contest, lotto, money or raffle, car, house & lot or any text contest. Rule of the game, no contest or raffle been join no expected prize. There will be never be a free lunch, all prize been win in text scammer world is with pay. They call-it processing fee deposited thru given bank account or request for prepaid load or money transfer from popular pawnshop or express padala service as processing fee. They always give bogus address and never met-up in person. Always using ATM account and money transfer service to get your processing fee. Upon your deposit, the text scammer personnel is always standby near the ATM machine. Once you deposit your processing fee, they automatic withdraw or claim the money. You will never get back you money. If you enter the game of scammer you lose money. Most ATM Account is open in a bogus name and identification. No one will be caught. They call this crime a white crime as no one is been killed. Like white lie and white magic. This is the cybercrime category. Remember no one will give you money now-a-day. You seem to outsmart the text scammer, they look gullible but they were smart.
Sometime, they make some document requirement from victim to be mail to bogus address.
If you win a car they require you to send photocopy of driver's license, if you win lotto or money they require you photocopy of you ATM / Bank Account and valid id.
This is to create a legitimate scenario or feeling for the victim to trust them.
They use sim in a roaming or text only mode. You can communicate only thru text /sms only.
If you ever received a text scam, never attempt to reply or play with them, this is a very dangerous game. Please delete the message, even they try many time to text / sms or even call you. Hope this serve as a warning for all.
Let's work together for a scam-free world. Hardwork and goodness must be the way to make a living. Special thanks to some former victim of scam who personally share the story.


About Me

In honor of Commander Liwanag of Hukbalahap. Who visited me in my birth and story I heard about this great leader. The teaching and believe He share with my family about doing good and doing right toward others. Despite many bad things happening in our country. We must never do wrong or bad to make a living or profit that jeopardize other people. All wrong or bad must be expose to see the truth and the light. That other will not follow and be aware of this misdeed. Make a living by hardwork and good deeds. I maybe forgotten but my legacy live on to you who believe.