Examples of Online Scams in the Philippines

James Ryan Jonas

For several months now, we’ve been receiving emails from people around the world reporting the scam activities of some Filipino scumbags.

We are reprinting below some of these emails in order to warn others against the modus operandi of these horrendous scammers.

The “Scheming Bride-to-Be” Scam

I was lied to and deceived into giving Herminia Surtida Fernandez about $5,000 over a period of 4 months. She lives at Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte 7112 Philippines. Her Yahoo screen name and e-mail is her_surfer & her_surfer@yahoo.com.

Just one week or so after we started chatting on Yahoo she had a heart attack. She is 32 years old. Birthday Feburary 16th. I paid for two heart surgeries for mitral valve prolapse. I paid all of her rent, utilities, food for the four months. I paid for new cellphone, eyeglasses, tennis racket, and scientific calculator plus her college. I also paid for our wedding six months in advance of the amount of $3,000. $700 for wedding dress. Wedding date was supposed to be in May 2008.

I would just love to prosecute this lady, and warn other victims of her cunning scamming.

– Sent by ddem***@comcast.net

The Cellphone Scammer

i received a text message containing the following message. “musta jn? t2 boy mo 2, e2 n # q save u nlnag, pauwi ako nowjn, w8 nyo ako d2 pa ako s byahe, pload mo nga muna ako ng 60 jn byad ko pgdting ko mya, ala ako load.”

i’ve received this message about 3 or 4 times already and depending on the situation the message would differ. 1 time i got a message like “you won something from someone reply to know the location” something like that.

the number is 09092105478

is there a way to catch this culprit?

– Sent by jts*@smart.com.ph

eBay Scammer #1

Good day. I bought a cordless phone from an eBay seller named Stanley Warren who lives in Las Pinas in the Philippines. After I have paid, he told me to wait for the phone but after several weeks, the phone was not delivered to me. I tried contacting him several times but never received any replies.

His eBay ID is stan_war2, email address stan_war2@yahoo.com and this is his eBay profile. Please be warned of this scammer!

– Sent by lou***@yahoo.com

eBay Scammer #2

i bought a cellphone at eBay worth Php 30,000 and i deposited payment through seller’s bank account. However, after receiving my payment, he never contacted me and i didn’t receive my item bought from him.

what can i do? i only have his bank account details – receipt that i have deposited this big amount of money to his account. though there is no written contract, how will i file a case against that person?

– Sent by felixb***@yahoo.com.ph

Where to report Philippine scammers

Unfortunately, there is nothing much we can do here at Pinoy Money Talk but to advise these victims to contact the Philippine National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to file an official complaint.

The sad reality is there’s no assurance these scammers will be caught or jailed and no guarantee as well that your scammed money can be returned.

Still, contact the NBI here to request for assistance:

National Bureau of Investigation
NBI Building, Taft Avenue, Ermita,
Manila, Philippines 1000
Tel. Nos. (02) 523-8231 to 38 (Local); (+632) 523-8231 to 38 (International)
Fax Nos. (2) 526-1216, 523-7414 (Local); (+632) 526-1216, 523-7414 (International)
Email Address: director@nbi.gov.ph

James Ryan Jonas teaches business management, investments, and entrepreneurship at the University of the Philippines (UP). He is also the Executive Director of UP Provident Fund Inc., managing and investing P3.2 Billion ($56.4 Million) worth of retirement funds on behalf of thousands of UP employees.