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Protect Yourself from Fraudulent Promos

During the past few years, several news reports mentioned a scheme designed to defraud unsuspecting mobile phone owners. Criminal syndicates send text messages to several phone numbers, informing them that they supposedly won a prize in a promo. In order for the supposed winner to receive their prices, they will be required to text back certain personal details such as a home phone number and other personal details and/or prepare a certain amount to be paid as a processing fee. The mobile phone owner may also be asked to send prepaid cell phone credits/load to the supposed promo organizer. Those who fall into such trap will end with their homes getting ransacked and/or their hard earned money being taken away from them.

Here's how the scheme works:

Believing that the text announcement is real, the unsuspecting consumer may accede to the request to give the “processing fees” being asked or prepaid cell phone loads. Little do they know that that will be the last that they will see of their money. In addition, their reply gave the syndicate a new victim to pursue.
Replying with a phone number exposes the cell phone owner's home or office to the syndicates. It gives them a new target to pursue. They may call the house and use the mobile owner's name and cell number to support their claims and lure unsuspecting househelps or family members to give them access to their homes.
In fact simply replying gives the syndicate further encouragement to pursue the mobile phone owners. They can be harassed and threatened to giving in to demands for money and any other anything else that the syndicate may deem valuable. Lately, several variants of such scheme have proliferated and even makes use of email as a medium.

How to detect fraud and deal with text/emailed promos:

Check the text/email message for a DTI promo permit number. The absence of it already constitutes a violation of the law and gives a strong indication that the message is a hoax. By law, every promo should be registered with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and every corresponding poster and communication should have prior approval and quote the DTI promo number. If you listen and watch radio and TV promos, you will notice that the DTI promo numbers are always mentioned.

If the promo comes with a supposed DTI promo number, call up the DTI hotline and verify its validity through the promo details mentioned in the text message. If the promo is proven to be a hoax, report the violation in order for the government to run after the criminals.

This one is important: It will be to your benefit if the senders of the hoax message will never try to contact you again. Therefore, don't give them any encouragement. Never reply to any hoax message. Instead, report it to the authorities

For any consumer complaint, please contact:

THE DEPARTMENT OF TRADE AND INDUSTRY
Email (direct from their site) : http://www.dtincr.ph/complaint_page.php
Phone : (02) 751.3330
Website: I-reklamo (undergoing enhancement and will be online soon)

530 Responses to “Protect Yourself from Fraudulent Promos”

  1. Sana responsable ang bumibili nang sim.

    Bago sya bibili nito i dapat me valid id for registration
    at hindi id nang iba.

    Kung wala pa cyang id eh hindi pa dapat pwedeng magka cellphone.

    lahat ng distribution ng sim ay dapat control nang DOTC.

    Capable kasi ang mga taong to sa panluluko, death threat, at iba pa.

    kawawa yung mga nauuto na mahihirap o hindi kasing bright natin..

    Wala kasing takot tung mga taong to kahit ireklamo mo sa DOTC.

    Hindi marunong mag SAMPLE tung mga gagong taga DOTC na to…

  2. I just received same message!

    congratulations! u have won 300k+ a brand new starex van ur sim# as homepartner last nov. 12, 12 call this # for details, luk for dir. Divina Quenca of phil.com.center

    -f***shit!
    mga muka nyu kwento nyu sa pagong!

  3. I just received same message!

    congratulations! u have won 300k+ a brand new starex van ur sim# as homepartner last nov. 12, 12 call this # for details, luk for dir. Divina Quenca of phil.com.center

    -09324263276 number of Divina Quenca (director kuno)
    -09336662120 number of Alfredo Veduya (director kuno also)

    -f***shit!
    mga muka nyu kwento nyu sa pagong!
    nanghihingi ng worth 7500 for processing of papers
    nung sinabi ko pwede ba bawas nalang sa cash prize indi daw pwede sabi ko kahit tubuan na lang nila ayaw pa din….hahaha

    BE AWARE GUYS!

  4. I received a text message from this number 09052997255

    “CONGRATULATIONS!!! Your # won TOYOTA VIOS plus 350 thou. Via Electronic Raffle Drawn of 2012 to claim it. txt ur name, address look fir Miss Aiza Belo of Gov.Info. call now!

    i called the number and was forwarded to Victoria Jones/09165998828 chairman of Prada International Company. I madedaw yon. I was instructed to prepare the necessary requirements for the a call and was explained that i really won the said electronic raffle.He told me on how to claim the prize and that no cash involve on the claims coz accrding to him it is tax free. I send thru LBC my Valid ID’s, Cedula and Serial # of my sim as instructed. the schedule of delivery for the Unit is this coming sat Feb 9 2013, she called me for an Insurance for the car. She asked me to send 4,200 pesos for the car.

    so i realized it really is a scam. Found this tip from dti website.

    1. Did you ever joined or submitted any raffle stubs to the said contest which you allegedly had won?
    2. Ask your friends if they also received the same text messages? In my guess, this is being sent through mass messaging, that means some of your friends might also be receiving the same message only from a different number. If they also received the same text message, then how can it be possible to have two (2) winners for the said contest even without joining the said raffle.
    3. If it is a big company or a government agency you will receive a notification from a special 4 digit number instead of a regular number. Although there are instance you will receive a regular number, but that’s not a problem as long as you’ve joined the said promo.
    4. Make a verification call or contact the said agency involved that offers the said promo through their local landlines, this numbers can be easily found in the local telephone directory, instead of the cellular phone number who had message you.
    5. Check the given DTI Permit Number given at the text message and make a comparison if it is the same with the DTI-Permit Number and the Promo Scheme registered at the DTI official website. (DTI Verify Sales Promo)

  5. received a text message from +639173450096
    he introduce him self as Sec. Rudy T. Valdez from San Miguel Corp. saying that i won 730,000 Philippine Peso for their 56th Anv. PreRaffle 😀

  6. received a text message from +639173450096
    he introduce him self as Sec. Rudy T. Valdez from San Miguel Corp. saying that i won 730,000 Philippine Peso for their 56th Anv. PreRaffle 😀

  7. I received a message today ( April 5, 2013 , 10:41am) and it goes like this
    from:+639332102581
    ” Congratualtions! U won Php.386k +TOYOTA Fortuner, ur sim# as homepartner last Feb.01, 2013, for info: call ds#09234872547, Dir.Daniel Inigo of Phil.com.center”

  8. Just got a text ” CONGRATULATIONS! U have won Php300k+ starex Van, ur sim#. As a homepartner las feb. 15,2013, for info. Call dis # 09326165551 director Renato Segovia of Phil. Com. Center.

    So I called them up I was able to talk to him, but doesn’t sound like a respectable guy, his kind a pushy with his sweet talks. Asking for my personal info, which I did not give anything because I knew its a scam since I did not join any raffle thing. when I asked for the office address, at first he was hesitant, but then he gave an address: #35 TCC BLDG. SERGIO OSMENA BLVD. CEBU CITY, I also ask for land line # 032-2516431.

    I just hope they won’t be able to victimize other people who are eager of winning raffle prizes. Come to think of it, if you did not join any kind of raffle, why expect to win anything, right? so please be AWARE of this modus.

  9. I just received this message from 09276433112.

    (NOTICE) MA’AM SIR ‘ur cell:# had won (650,000) in our 60’th anv. Sponsored by:SAN MIGUEL CORP. For more details Pls.Txt/ur name/age/add and work..

    wlang DTI permit..
    please block the number..

  10. “CONGRATULATIONS!!! Your # won TOYOTA VIOS plus 350 thou. Via Electronic Raffle Drawn of 2012 to claim it. txt ur name, address look fir Miss Aiza Belo of Gov.Info. call now!

    i called the number and was forwarded to Victoria Jones/09165998828 chairman of Prada International Company. I madedaw yon. I was instructed to prepare the necessary requirements for the a call and was explained that i really won the said electronic raffle.He told me on how to claim the prize and that no cash involve on the claims coz accrding to him it is tax free. I send thru LBC my Valid ID’s, Cedula and Serial # of my sim as instructed. the schedule of delivery for the Unit is this coming sat Feb 9 2013, she called me for an Insurance for the car. She asked me to send 4,200 pesos for the car.

    ito dn ang nangyari sa aking asawa kaninang tanghali at tinawagan nya ulit yng babae hndi na sumasagot sa tawag 🙁
    at napadala na yng pera na 18,700,00…..sinabi ko sa asawa ko na scam yn wagkamagpaniwala at ayon napadala na nya dw…:(

  11. I just received this massage from : 0927 252 4271 Ms. Hazel Torres / I don’t know if this is real name!

    The message ” CONGRATULATIONS!!! Your no.# WON 1UNIT TOYOTA HiLUX G. W/300THOU.. Via electronic raffle. Last May 07, 2013 for more details. Pls call now Hazel Torres of Phil. info. Center this #.

    Hazel said call this no. # so I try I know that this is scam, I talked to Rommel Bautista, the back ground prang nsa haus lng. Then he said why u did not call early? I said I received your message in a few minutes, then he told call me after 20 min. And he will prepare the requirement. So I go for this website to check this kind of scam.

    Pls. Don’t trust any promos that u received that you win. And check it if there is a DTI Permit.

    Be AWARE of modus! 🙁

  12. good day..
    i received the same text message regarding san miguel corp 56th anv. pre-raffle draw on 07/11/2013.text message said “NOTICE)Ur simcard # won P730,000.00 n our 56th Anv. Preraffle draw last 07/11/2013 from: San Migeuel corp. fro more infro & details pls txt your name, address,age and occupation or you may call i’m sec Rudy T. Valdez”.
    i texted back and ask for DTI permit no. however no reply received.
    i’m smarter that this assholes..

  13. i also received a txt msg saying i won 780,000.0 in the San miguel corp. 7th aniv. preraffle draw.he even called me..amp

  14. pls beware of this number#09276413990. scam po eto!

  15. 09276988458
    this number texted me that i won Php680000 frm san miguel corporation last 7/31/13 and she is sec.rudy t. valdez

  16. I’d just received message from: 09276433122 Today, January 27, 2014

    NOTICE: This Messages From SAN MIGUEL CORP. Congratulations! Madam/Sir: Informing u That ur GLOBE SIM CARD# had won Php 650,000. In our 5th Anv. Free-Raffle Draw on Last Jan. 22/2014. For more info Please call me. I’m Sec: Roy Chua.
    Or Just text ur details’
    NAME/ADDRESS/AGE/WORK/WIN-SIM#: Thank You.

    I knew that it’s a scam. No legal basis for winning. I just wanted to post this to warn the innocent Juan.Kahabag-habag ang mangyayari sa buhay ng sinumang magpaloko sa illegal na gawaing ito.

  17. i recieved text messages like this..

    Congratulations ! U won PHP 300k + Starex Van , ur sim# as a Homepartner last Dec. 23, 2013. for info call ds # 09334907623
    Dir. Pedro Yasay of Phil. Com. Center . please text….

    i already contacted the DTI for promo they asked me DTI 0242 series of 2013 …

    Here is the answer Dear Sir/Ma’am,

    Thank you for visiting the Department of Trade and Industry Website.

    We have run the codes on this facility http://dtincr.ph/verifysalespromo.php to verify the sales promo, but only the following results showed up:

    Permit Number: 0242
    Title : JOLLIBEE U-BEE CARD PROMO
    Scheme : PREMIUM
    Promo Duration: 2011-01-11 to 2011-06-30
    Sponsor: JAVI PHILFOODS INCORPORATED

    Permit Number: 0242
    Title : 30% OFF ON PAIR WATCHES
    Scheme: DISCOUNT
    Promo Duration: 2012-02-01 to 2012-05-01
    Sponsor: CHRONOTRON INC.

    This might be a scam. Included within that page are tips on how to avoid getting scammed. You may contact the National Telecommunication center, to report all this prevailing frauds to block this person or sim card user

  18. Congratulations! U won php.300k+Starex Van, ur sim# as a homepartner last feb,22,2014, for info call ds #.09334907623 Dir. Pedro Yasay of Phil.Com.Center. ipacheck ko kc humingi ng pressing fee.

  19. Kung nanalo talaga tayo guys sa mga text promos na ito, wlang kung anon anong fee pa hihingin, bakit PCSO ba nanghihingi ng fee pag nanalo ka sa lotto? hehehe

  20. received a txt message:

    Congrats! Your cell# had won P570,000.00 + laptop! 3rd winner from PCCNS CO. Per DTI#2842 s’14. Just text ur name/add/age/work nd after that just wait for our call. I’m Att. Dennis Manalo. CP# +639179182517

  21. I received a txt messsage from +639064881310.
    the message goes like this:

    (NOTICE) Ur sim# had won worth of php580,000.During our 123rd anniv.pre raffle draw frm San Miguel Corp.pls!txt ur name/add/age/occup. i’m Sec Rudy T. Valdez.

    Pakiblock na lng po sana ng number na yan.. Thanks 🙂

  22. i received a text message from 09075756941 saying that (NOTICE) ur sim # had won worth of php580,000.00.during our 124th anniv.pre raffle draw from San Miguel Corp.pls!txt ur name/add/age/occupation. i’m Sec. Rudy T. Valdez.

    pki block po # nya thanks po

  23. i recieve today a message 09182908386 saying ” ADVISORY: FROM TNT/SMART. USERS CONGRATS! UR SIM # HAD WON (560000) SAN MIGUEL CORP. PLS TECT ME YOUR COMPLETE NAME/AGE/ADDRESS/ OCCUPATION! i’M SEC GEROME l. VARGAS,
    and he call me, and asking me 3 prepaid smartbuddy call cards as a pin for my check amounting to 560,000.

  24. pakiblock po ng number na to scam txt send to me. 09182908386 saying ” ADVISORY: FROM TNT/SMART. USERS CONGRATS! UR SIM # HAD WON (560000) SAN MIGUEL CORP. PLS TExT ME YOUR COMPLETE NAME/AGE/ADDRESS/ OCCUPATION! i’M SEC GEROME l. VARGAS,
    and he call me, and asking me 3 prepaid smartbuddy call cards as a pin for my check amounting to 560,000.
    maniniwala na sana me, but i have decided first to search in the internet if its is tru…tnx

  25. Mag ingat dito sa scammer na ito. Sun cellular number 09225092705. He will text you this. Congratulations! Last jan etc…your cel# had won! Php.300k+toyota fortuner winner from PHIL.COM.CENTER. Please call me now! DIR NATHANIEL CHUA . Dont fall for this! Remember if you wont a million price they would have call you to let you know and the said grand price should be given in their office with out any processing fee. Low life scammer! Dont even have a load to call the winner! Whaha!:)

  26. Gandang umga po sa lhat scammer ng san Miguel corporation c Carlos sison secretary of mandaue cebu,09309556454 beware to this number!

  27. Requirements daw for processing papers valid Id for claim money to cebuana and 4prepaid smart buddy calling card worth of P1200.00 na load*

  28. Please beware of this scammer: 0927 717 3568 stating that “NOTICE from SAN MIGUEL CORP, ur simcard# had won PhP680,000.00/2nd prize win.preraffle draw,4more info&details!Txt ur name/add/age/occup!I’m Sec’ Rudy T Valdez.”

    Kindly do all your best to stop this kind of people.

  29. (NOTICE)Ur simcard # won P730,000.00 n our 56th Anv.PreRaffle draw last:09/15/2015 From:San Miguel Corp.for more info & details pls txt your name,address,age and occupatioN or you may call im sec.Rudy T.Valdez

    I just recieved it right now. I give him all the information but didnt give money for load. Graveh sinabi nya pa na mga pilipino nagtutulungan. Eh sya lang bumabagsak sa mga pilipino.

  30. I also recieved text messages from 09483911631 that my sim card number won P460,000.00 from san miguel corporation via electronic raffle draw.
    They collected 780.00 for online registration he is Aurelio Mendez from Mandaue Cebu City. And Virgilio Jacinto collected 4,600.00 for 1% of my prize, another 5% of the prize that would be collected by the NTC for the process of my NTC clearance and if i dont process it they will block my sim. At present, Another call from Mr. ACOSTA of BIR Cebu collecting 1% of the prize for the BIR clearance to send my prize to me. And they said it will be the end of transactions.