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Subject: SCAM-Remittances of OFW from Singapore
FROM: Makati employee
At 8:39am, today 21 July I received a text message saying:
‘CONGRATULATIONS!! Ur Mobile # has WON a Charity Prize.from: REMITTANCES OF OFW-PCMC.,July 20, 2007, Call me up now.. For more details.I’m ART J. TEVES’.
As an skeptic person in nature, I called the name of the person to check if this is true. The person on the other line about I think 40 in yrs old, told me that im the 4th winner today. Scary, he even memorize my sim #. Too hesitant, ask him lots of question which annoyed him telling me that it’s not like one of those modus operandi or a text scam. He told me that all I have to do is to text him my full name, age, birthday and complete address. I even ask him the acronyms of the PCMC. He told me that a group of Charity Officers based in Singapore are working to help families of millions of OFWs worldwide and that my sim number was chosen via random selection. After a couple of q&a, however still in doubt, we hanged up. Still hesitant to send the requirements he instructed me to sms, I searched the internet for various remittances scam, even texted a private investigatory program in tv but advises to do the same- to ignore them. I was not satisfied with the result, I actually want these people to have them learned their lesson before they can manipulate and fool a lot of many Filipinos who’s willing to do anything for the sake of their families. After searching, found this forum from www.gov.ph with numerous of similar scams. Thinking aloud, this should not stopped from increasing the people’s awareness for any possibilities, that this could also happen to them. But someone or somebody should act and do something to stopped these anomaly. We cannot do this alone, we need everyone to help us think of possible ways to stopped them from growing and let the goverment do something about it. As a concern citizen, there’s a big difference if we do share our part in stopping this..
pls ensure that privacy of the sender’s info remains confidential. thanks. and more power!
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