Update 25 Nov. 2010: It has been 1 yr. and 6 months since my first post for Philippines Charity Foundation Scams and I can’t believe that this is still an ongoing scam. Modus remains the same but now they are using the name of our president Nonoy Aquino. this is one of the latest text message that you may receive from this number +639263932628:
You just won 760,000,00 pesos from CASINO FILIPINO CENTRAL OFFICE MANILA handog pamasko by (nonoy) AQUINO. DTI permit #2374 series of 2010. To claim ur prize call now. Exec. sec. Christine M. Aguilar.
Another number they use is +639157526347 carrying this message:
Congrats! Ur SIM # had won (780,000.00) from AQUINO CHARITY FOUNDATION pamaskong handog. for more info pls call me now! I’m Atty. MARTIN B. OLIVAR (Info. dept.) Per DTI-NCR Permit # 0779 series of 2010. thank you.
Christmas season is here, more and more scam artist will be on a constant move to look for victims. The warning remains the same – If you did not join any contest its highly unlikely that you won. Times are hard lets not make it harder.
The NTC already sent a warning not to pay attention to this traps and report said scam to them. But how do we report it to them?
So guys, be careful. DO NOT entertain such text scams and alike.
If you happen to receive scam texts messages from Philippine Charity Foundation please leave a comment including the number they used and the actual text message.
Original Post: We are all aware of different text scams here in the Philippines and recently I received one. The message was from a certain Ms. Michelle Santos of Philippine Charity Foundation.
Here’s the mobile number: 0906 1478346
AUDITORS or PHIL. CHARITY FOUNDATION nforming u that ur sim no. had won php950,000 2nd price winner, drawn last 05/24/2009. NCR DTI #0438 PLS CALL ME NOW Im Ms, MICHELLE SANTOS..
Why is this a scam?
- I did not join any type of contest or draw for a Philippine Charity Foundation.
- There is no such foundation.
- DTI Number is not real.
- The scam is all over the web. Philippine Charity Foundation Text Scam
What is the Phil. Government Doing?
I think they are not doing anything to address this problem because its not popular enough and the senators, congressmen and the palace will gain nothing in terms of popularity and media mileage.
Give them a scandal of a popular personality and instantly the senators, government units and NGOs will take action. recent examples are Hayden Kho – Katrina Halili Sex Video, Hayden Kho – Maricar Reyes Sex Video, Chip Tsao and the not so recent Bembang.com BOOM! Instant stardom.
If only our government will really have the political will and the right moral. Of course their reason of why they cannot accommodate everything is that they are doing a lot of other stuff where they are most needed.
What are the Local Telcos Doing?
Due to the sale of prepaid sim cards and the non-tracking of this sales as to who and where it was purchased. It is relatively easy to buy 100′s of prepaid sim cards for syndicates to use fro scam.
I am also worried that they may be getting our numbers from the Telcos itself as I bet they are being sold as Leads to legit local companies for their telemarketing purposes which is annoying. The NTC should create or impose a law to track each sale of prepaid simcards. They should also create a guideline on selling private numbers to companies. We need a third party verifier and the DO NOT CALL LIST.
I just hope that somewhere there is a good hearted real public servant chosen by the people that will and can change how our government operates. The task is not easy and 1 term is not enough to make an impact to the general overhaul of our Ill system.
By the way, its election season in the Philippines, I’m calling all the deserving aspiring future leaders of our country to come forward. I am now accepting political website campaign design and political seo services. All I require is to show me that you have a good heart and that when you win you will not forget about the people who brought you in that position.