Don’t be a victim of text scams

November 25, 2008 at 5:49 am 3 comments


Every so often I receive a text message that I won X amount of pesos and that I should contact a specific number. If you’re like me who receives messages like these, please don’t fall in the trap. This is a text scam, out to steal your hard-earned money.

These text messages purportedly come from Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp (PAGCOR) or any legitimate business. The sender impersonates key officials, informing the recipient that he wins X amount of pesos and that he needs to contact a specific mobile number to claim the prize.

They will ask the victim to either deposit X amount in a bank account so he can claim the prize, or, for petty thieves, pasa-load an X amount to a specific number.

If you have received any text message or have been victimized, please report the matter to:

Anti-Money Laundering Council Secretariat
5F EDPC Building, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Complex, Manila
# (632) 524-7011 local 2372

The only ironic part I see is that AMLC has no text number, which citizens can use to file a complaint.🙂

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. jhOy imPeRiaL  |  November 27, 2008 at 11:30 pm

    i have been receiving text scams and its getting frequent. hope the all be caughtl. tsk

  • 2. pinayandmoney  |  November 27, 2008 at 11:39 pm

    you can report it to AMLC. you can also post the number here.🙂 or you can just delete the number. sometimes, these scammers just randomly text numbers, eh.

  • 3. cocoy  |  March 24, 2009 at 4:53 am

    just got a text this morning and it reads:

    Congratulations! Yourcell no. had won 12 Pesos unclaimed prize at the PSCO main Office lotto Department. Call ARIEL DE OCAMPO 0927 6479823

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