WOW! I Got Richer Again, but WAIT!!!

@neildc (17251)
Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
July 30, 2012 1:26am CST
Hiya myLotters and friends! I know this is not new. But the way they say it in the message could probably surprise everyone and will get overwhelmed. Just like how my wife got excited to spend the prize. This message: Notice from Puerto Princesa Underground River Mam/sir Congrats ur 11Digit cel#. Had won! (380,000) As a 2nd prize winner Electronic raffle draw. Frm.(PPUR) on July 27. 2claim ur prize Call now? ds# (09235974385) Tel.no(280)1197764 for info frm Mngr. Arlene Ayala DTI-NCR PERMIT # 2409 series of 2012 thank you. is actually received by my step-son in his mobile phone. And the minute my wife read this, she told me to investigate. I called the number and it's Arlene Ayala, as she confirmed that she was. She told me that indeed, the number won, but needed to send money for the processing of the prize and also to pay for the taxes. Yes I told her that I will send the money to the bank account she will give me later after sending my personal details. I just hope nothing will get odd with me and my personal data. ~~ NEILâ„¢~~
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@savypat (20245)
• United States
30 Jul 12
You really fell for this? I can't believe it. We get so many of these scams that we just laugh. Sometimes they are really clever. Make sure you let us know what happens and how much money you lost.
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@Hatley (164264)
• Garden Grove, California
30 Jul 12
hi savypat me either. I think if we all notice the dear sir or madam its a scam. If someone really is going to send you real money you would probably get a personal email or a private phone call and they would not ask for any money either.
@neildc (17251)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
31 Jul 12
savy, no i did not send them money. i know they just tricked us. i just spent a little for the cellphone load so i can make the call. it just confirmed that it's a scam when the person i was talking to started talking about the processing fee. hatley, i guess i was just carried away by the excitement of the people here. but of course, i thought about it a lot of times and i will not send them money. i reported the matter to the concerned party, the organization that they used in the text message.
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@jaiho2009 (38990)
• Philippines
30 Jul 12
WOW...give us an update once you received the money :p Anyway, I know you are smart enough not to send money or deposit any money to their account....
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@neildc (17251)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
31 Jul 12
we don't have money to send them and if that's really true that we won and necessary to send them the money, we only have to borrow from someone. but then, we believe it's just a scam.
@shibham (17019)
• India
30 Jul 12
Hi neil... I get such messages and mails almost daily. All are fake, that's why i never open such mails or sms as they carry viruses too. dangerous. Have a nice time.
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@neildc (17251)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
31 Jul 12
oh yes shibham, sometimes they really send even viruses to our phones and computers.
@squallming (1776)
• Malaysia
30 Jul 12
It is better to be really cautious with these messages. I have been tricked before by this kind of fake notification claiming that I won something. In the end I lost some money. So never believe in this kind of things unless you really participated in some competition or games held by trusted big organizations. Then it is more dependable and perhapd you really won something.
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@neildc (17251)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
31 Jul 12
i am cautious though and i spent only a few pesos for the load so i can call her. but it clears me and especially my wife that it's a scam when she (the sender of the text message) started talking about the processing fee that i have to send her before the prize can be sent to us.
@wmraul (2554)
• Bucharest, Romania
30 Jul 12
Well, I am tired to keep telling to everyone: If you get a message you won something and you have not participate into that action nor request be a part of it - skip it and forget it.
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@neildc (17251)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
31 Jul 12
i said it too to my wife. but then she told me to just try and so i did. but i already reported it to the concerned party, the ppur organizers.
@jkct02 (2859)
• Malaysia
30 Jul 12
I hope you have not sent her your personal details. Why do you still deal with her knowing that it is a scam? You surely knew that you had not entered any electronic raffle draws - you can not win anything that you are not a participant. Don't make your personal data under risk of being used for illegal means.
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@neildc (17251)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
30 Jul 12
one thing that i am afraid of actually is identity theft. i really do not want to give her my details, but i wanted to make it sure and so my wife and my children be cleared of their doubts. then, i made sure i used my company name so she will at least think twice to continue to talk with me. if the promo is authentic, then she will not be afraid even if she knew she is dealing with a lawyer or a police officer (just for example).
@jazel_juan (15756)
• Philippines
30 Jul 12
well that sounds suspicious, if you want to see its authenticity i guess you should go to dti and check the dtr permit..
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@neildc (17251)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
30 Jul 12
for me, it's really suspicious so i stayed calmed but not my wife who even think of buying this and that if the prize is true and the winning is authentic. i checked the dti website earlier and there are two existing permit but not active at this time.
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@Cherish14 (2695)
• Philippines
30 Jul 12
hey there, i get these messages too from time to time but i never believe them. i just delete them right away. if they were legit then too bad for me hahaha it's just hard to believe something like that. if it mentions a place or something like that like a known mall or place then i could possibly go there and confirm.
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@neildc (17251)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
30 Jul 12
i already believe that it's a scam and reported it to the ppur website. i just wanted to let them know they are being used.
@Cherish14 (2695)
• Philippines
30 Jul 12
that is smart of you to do that. that way they will stop doing it again and also if they have fooled people already, i hope they pay for what they did.
@neildc (17251)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
30 Jul 12
i just feel sad for those who were already victimized. imagine, 2.5k pesos is a big amount. if they have already sent the amount, there's no way they can retrieve it back. changing sim pack is so easy for us now.
@pals101 (2011)
• Philippines
31 Jul 12
Nothings new, it's a scam!!.. Don't ever be fool by such people. Report it to the authorities or just ignore this text. If you have truly win this raffle, then they should be the one to call you and not you calling them. Also, did your wife join any contest or raffle draw, just her to clarify. Don't ever give your personal details even your wife personal data..That's all..chow..
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@neildc (17251)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
31 Jul 12
i know it's now new. i suspected it in the first place and not excited reading it. the only reason i called the sender is to confirm or clear the doubt of my wife. it's only my mistake to give few of my personal details but i am sure they are already scared because i told them i am working in the department of justice.
@pals101 (2011)
• Philippines
31 Jul 12
Oh.. so you work in the department of justice. i bet they would be scared now.. :)
@neildc (17251)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
31 Jul 12
• Philippines
31 Jul 12
hi neil, My cousin received this one when we call him he ask for money too then we ask some questions and he got mad he told us if we are suspicious with him then we can forget about it then he hang up the phone when we tried to call him again it's out of coverage obviously it's just a scam. happy mylotting
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@neildc (17251)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
31 Jul 12
he just confirmed that he was a scammer when he hanged up the phone.
@shylade (3135)
• Philippines
31 Jul 12
This is definitely a scam. I received several messages like winning a Coca Cola raffle or something from DTI, which I really don't join. First, they will call you or notify you via telegraphic mail, and there should be no money asked. Anyway, if I have load to text, I'll them they are scam. They still manage to fool many people and some are asking for loads instead of money.
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@neildc (17251)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
31 Jul 12
i heard about this kind of fraudulent acts before. i just called them to let them know they tried to fool the wrong person.
@ybong007 (6657)
• Philippines
31 Jul 12
No company will send notification through text only if you won something from them. There has to be calls and of course a post mail that follows. text scams are averywhere, if you're not careful or if you don't use your head, you lose your money as well. I received a similar text and that one came from the central bank of the philippes (kuno) so what I did was send BSP and email and after several days or weeks i read through a news paper or was it a tabloid? not sure exactly, but the message is clear and that BSP is not in any way connected with any text promos. But I have to admit that I got excited since that was my first time. Just your wife to shake her head and move on.
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@neildc (17251)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
31 Jul 12
there is really lots of text messages like this and that of coming from emails and i ignore them all. only that this one came into my step-son's phone so to give them the benefit of the doubt, i called the number.
@katcarneo (1441)
• Philippines
31 Jul 12
Oh I have won so many times in so many contests I did not join! I have a lot of emails and text messages saying I won this and that and I must give them my information. In these cases two things must be put in mind: I can't win in a contest I did not join, and if I had won, I should get a more official method of communication. Anybody can send just a text message.
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@neildc (17251)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
31 Jul 12
exactly. even me, i have lots of these kinds of messages in my email and treated them as spam already. how can one win a contest without participating?
@Hatley (164264)
• Garden Grove, California
30 Jul 12
hi neil oh my goodness no do not send money to the bank account, thats a scam I have seen before , its an ugly way for the scammer to get money out of people. the fact that theyh did not address this to your step son so its a scam. do not give them any personal data., if this had been legitimate they would have used your step sons 'email address not dear sir or madam.Do not ever give personal data to someone addressing you or your relative as dear sir of madam .
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@neildc (17251)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
31 Jul 12
hatley, don't worry, i will not send money to them. i know that it's a scam. i just spent a couple of pesos for the cellphone load so i can call them and to let my wife know that it's really a scam.
@joliefille (3696)
• Philippines
30 Jul 12
You'd be amazed that some people may still be conned by this kind of text message. Sad to say, really. I keep telling my friends and relatives these kinds of text messages are sent by scammers and in reality there's really nothing in it for the text message receiver.
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@neildc (17251)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
31 Jul 12
that's what i told my wife when she got to read the message. but then, for the benefit of the doubt, i called the sender just to confirm to my wife that it's just a fraudulent act.
@myfb2009 (8296)
• Malaysia
30 Jul 12
Neil, i ever received this type of similar message a few times in my life. But, i never really into believing that i am so lucky as to win any prize without participating into it. Usually, these type of messages will be deleted by me. I don't have the interest to pursue further details from them. Do be careful nowadays, there are many types of scams available everywhere.
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@neildc (17251)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
31 Jul 12
i know about the promo of the PPUR last year, though i am not sure if i submitted my entry or participated in the said promotion by text. but i remember voting for the said entry of ours to the new 7 wonders of the world.
@lynboobsy11 (11345)
• Philippines
30 Jul 12
It is better that since you already talked to her it is also a good chance that you report it to the authority if it is legal. And if not, the authority have the right to catch her.
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@neildc (17251)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
30 Jul 12
yes lyn, i reported her to the ppur website and hopefully, mayor hagedorn will look for ways to catch the scammers.
• United States
30 Jul 12
First i would call the N.B.I. in Cebu and give them all the details, have them check it out using the fraud detail. I would be very surprised if it is legitimate. Something is wrong when they want you to send money up front,and did you enter any kind of a drawing or did your son?? my opinion is that it is a ripoff. And don't send the money.
@neildc (17251)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
30 Jul 12
yeah, she wanted me to send her 2.5K for the processing of the prize. of course, i won't sent her that amount and i reported her already to the mayor of puerto princesa.
@topffer (37974)
• France
30 Jul 12
Hello Neil, If you won this prize, I suppose they can keep on it the amount needed "for the processing of the prize and also to pay the taxes". Sorry to tell it but "you have won but you need to pay fees in order to get your prize" looks like a typical scam for me.
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@neildc (17251)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
30 Jul 12
when we were talking on the phone, it ended with i have to send certain amount to their bank but i don't believe her. it's a clear scam and when i checked the dti permit she mentioned and turned out to be negative, i reported the matter to the ppur website.
@Axai2012 (371)
30 Jul 12
I have received similar messages before. At first, I was so excited and planned on how I will spend the money. I was younger then. But I realized that it was a scam when i keep on receiving messages with a similar note. Well, I hope these scammers find better use of their load and time.
@neildc (17251)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
30 Jul 12
i was not the one who's really excited upon reading the message but my wife. i was just so calm as i was really thinking that that is just a scam. but of course, first timers will really get too excited to the point that everything the scammer will tell you, you will follow, like sending them the money or the load.
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