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One of my family member got this message. At first he thought it was really important, he’s a foreigner and can’t understand Tagalog. He had someone from our family to interpret it for him. I post this here to make you guys aware. You might be getting the same message, at least you don’t have to have somebody interpret for you, you can pretty much just compare the spelling and sentences even though it’s written in Tagalog. Some of you might fall for this. You might feel sorry for them. Think a thousand times before wanting to help out. If you help out on just an unknown email, then they know that you’re gullible. Expect more email or texting from other members of their family. With too many of these scams going on it’s hard to believe the real one anymore.
Here’s the message it’s written in Tagalog:
“Magandang Umaga po. Ako po ay si Juan, isang estudyante sa Manila. Gusto ko po sanang lumapit at humingi ng tulong sa inyo. Tungkol po ito sa financial assistance. Nawalan po kasi ako ng malaking pera na dapat ipambabayad ko po sa tuition fee, rent at allowance ko. Lumapit na po ako sa iba’t ibang opisyal sa amin pero wala po akong natatanggap na tulong. Mahabang proseso pa po ang kailangan at pabalik-balik pa bago ka nila matulungan. Hindi ko na po alam ang gagawin ko kaya naisipan ko na pong lumapit sa inyo. Wala po akong masamang intensyon. Hindi man po tayo magkalugar pero umaasa po ako na matutulungan niyo ko. Naniniwala naman po ako na wala sa nasasakupan iyon, isang simpleng mamamayan lang din po ako na nangangailangan ng tulong. Pasensya na po talaga kayo, nakakahiya man pero dala lang po talaga ng matinding pangangailangan. Malaki man o maliit na tulong ay tatanawin ko pong utang na loob. Inaasahan ko po ang inyong sagot. Maraming salamat po sa tiwala at tulong na ibibigay niyo. Mabuhay po kayo at nawa’y pagpalain.“
The interpretation: I’m trying my very best to interpret!
“Hi Good morning. My name is Juan, I’m a student here in Manila. I wanted to come to you to ask for help, about financial assistance. I lost a big amount of money, supposed to be for my tuition fee, rent and my allowance. I already seek out help from our different officials here in our area, unfortunately I didn’t get any help from them. It’s really a long process and I had to keep coming back before I can get any assistance. I don’t really know what to do anymore, that’s the reason I came and asked help from you. I don’t have bad intention in going to you and asking help. Even though we are not in the same area, but I am hoping that you can help me. I do believed that it’s not just in the jurisdiction, but just a simple citizen wanting help. My apology, It’s really embarrassing to be asking help but I need it so badly. Big or small help, I am definitely grateful for it. I owe you. I’m hoping for your reply. Thank you so much for the trust that you gave me. God bless!“
What do you guys think? If not given any warning, would you help if you get like this kind of message? Feel free to comment. Any thought you leave, highly appreciated!
Feel free to share here if you get some scam messages that’s written in Tagalof or Bisaya. Many readers here can help out interpreting.