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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.

ScamHelping is good, but try to see if it’s legit. If you give money try to ask what they need the money for.

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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.

Cheers!

 

 

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Feyma Martin is a Columnist here on the Live in the Philippines Web Magazine, she is the wife of site Publisher, Bob Martin. Feyma is originally from the Philippines, but went to the USA for 10 years after marrying Bob in 1990. Bob & Feyma moved to the Philippines to live permanently in 2000.

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Dennis Palmer
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Thanks for the post Bob.

Feyma Bayoy Martin
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Thank you Dennis!

Steve Baker
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Steve Baker

I think we all get these kind of messages from time to time. I am moving to the Philippines next year so thanks for the heads up! I thought the translation was very good and the person who wrote this seems to be very articulate (based on the excellent translation!) Foreigners from richer countries tend to be very generous, and I wish there was a good way to tell scams from sincere cries for help. If legitimate, I think lots of people would want to help, but so many times when you DO help, you just get inundated with more… Read more »

David Desorcy
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Thanks, i would never ever fall for that garbage

Nilda Valpey
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Me either! Too many scammers out there! Besides money dont grow on trees, we work very hard to earn it!

Feyma Bayoy Martin
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Hi Nilda, good that you’re aware of it already. That’s for sure we work hard to earn money. We give to people who deserves to be given. Thanks for the comment!

Nilda Valpey
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Hi Feyma, I was a victim of scam before, I was trying to sell my car for 12k, someone would like to buy and send me the check of 16k, of course I felt it is a red flag, so I deposit the check anyway to see if it is valid check, 5 days latter the bank called me that the check was good and I can get the cash, they gave the cash of 16K, in my heart something is not right, so I hide my car in the garage , I cary around the bag with full of… Read more »

Feyma Bayoy Martin
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Hi Nida, my goodness if you didn’t have that money with you, you will be in big trouble then. You don’t want to end up with bad credit too. Good thinking on your part. Good lessons for everyone here. Thanks for sharing. God bless!

David Desorcy
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Wow, good thing you were smart enough to keep the money. Of course the bank would never take responsibility for telling you the check was good. That is quite the story. Have a good day.

Nilda Valpey
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Yeap, a total scam, I was told to cash the check and once I got the money the agent will come to my house to get my my and a 4k cash, so the res flag is up and hide my car, I cant believe the bank told me is a good check and after they gave me the cash of 16K 2 weeks later the bank hunt me because the check was a scam. Thats why I never ever trust nobody unless I talk to them in person, especially for those people asking for help, sorry money dont grow… Read more »

John Weeks
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John Weeks

That’s a common scam in the states, where they create real-looking checks from a legitimate account. The bank initially pays because the funds are available, but then later come after you when the legitimate owner of the account reports the unauthorized purchase. They almost always send you a check for more than the purchase amount too, so they can at least get some cash in the deal and they send an “agent” to do the deed.

Jack
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Jack

Garbage David, yes I agree! But there is always a sucker…the world is full of them.. These scams are not only prevalent in the Philippines the problem is universal. These scammers know there are gullible souls ‘everywhere’ so….why would anyone want to give money to a complete stranger in the first place?

AJ UK
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AJ UK

We sold our car just the other day but insisted on cash.

It’s not always easy for someone to get hold of the cash but if they are that interested then they will obtain it.

Someone got a great deal by the way.

Cheers

AJ UK

Nilda
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Nilda

The total scam artist was really good at this, warning to you all, there are so many scammers out there, before you even try to help, ask the complete name and address for that person that asking for help, then call the local authorities to verify to make that person is ligit and live on the address provided, this way you know for sure that it is not a scam…scammers do so many ways just to scam you, so be aware of everything because money don’t grow on trees.

Nilda Valpey
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I am happy to help to the homeless people who live on the street and no food to eat, I will take them to the restaurant and buy them food but I never give money though.

Feyma Bayoy Martin
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Yep… Good way to do it. If they get upset when you give them food, then you know for sure they want the money for something else.

Nilda Valpey
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NEVER give money to anyone you dont know, unless you have too much money and dont know what to do with it, scammers will be very happy if you do send them money.

Feyma Bayoy Martin
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Amen to that!

Bob New York
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Bob New York

Things like this are very common on the internet, especially coming from The Philippines. If you want to give money away that of course is up to you but I wouldn’t do it blind like responding to something like has been shown in this article. It is very true that a lot of students really do have to stop their college and other further education due to lack of funds but there is a much better way. Go there yourself and deal through an educational facility yourself, not directly with someone claiming to be a poor and out of money… Read more »

Nilda Valpey
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Yeap, since I was a victim of scam never give to anyone I didn’t know, I have to see them in person and talk to them before I give them help.

Douglas Thompson
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Having no idea who it is, even if I was able to interpret it myself, I would have no concern deleting immediately. We moved here already suspecting the worst of family, and have still had a couple of “trusted” family members take advantage of us.

On the plus side, the word is getting out. After my wife sent a distant relative, who simply showed up at our gate, away on the next bus…well let’s just say the word is out: that ATM is not available sir!

David Desorcy
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Don’t you have a money tree growing outside your house? lol. Enjoy your retirement.

Mel Hill
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I don’t understand how you can say something like that about such loving people.

David Desorcy
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Why don’t you send that person some money Mel? Have a good day.

Mel Hill
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I would David but I’m saving mine to give away when I move there.

David Desorcy
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You look like a good guy, where are you moving? I plan to move to Dumaguette city, money trees grow next to the avocado’s. .

Mel Hill
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David Desorcy around Olongapo are.

Lenny
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Lenny

No Way NEVER”””..Cash only…My Boy sold a Baseball card on E-Bay they sent a Cashiers Check to pay or it he sent them the card…2 weeks later he was making a loan with his bank to pay for the forgery…..Don’t know if you were lucky or not Feyma by not going to Vegas heeee

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