Have you been scammed by unscrupulous people via text, email, or through your landline phone? I have been victimized once that's why I'm extra careful when it comes to people calling me and saying that I've won something even if I didn't actually join a contest. Yesterday I received a text message from Manila Bankers with this exact message:
This is from MANILA BANKERS. We would like to inform that have been qualified to receive a FREE GIFT CERTIFICATE worth P10,280 and REWARDS plus a RAFFLE entry for a chance to win P50,000 cash. Please claim at 5/F Unit 501, VGP CENTER 6772 Ayala Ave. (beside BPI Head Office cor. Paseo de Roxas, Makati City).
Ref. # JVS 112587
For inquiries, you may call at:
Ms. Jane V. Lopez
Thank you & God Bless!
I received a phone call after about 10 minutes of receiving the text. The woman on the other line asked me what time I'll be visiting their office. Since I wanted to research more, I didn't confirm anything. I decided to just ignore the text since this might be a scam and I'd probably end up being "forced" to buy something that costs more than the gift certificate I allegedly won (Manila Bankers is an insurance company).
I posted this to warn other people. If you do receive a similar text, be careful on how you'll handle it. Earning money is so hard nowadays and to lose it to some scammers just like that would really suck.