Text Message Scam in the Philippines Using “Winnings” to Lure Victims

by Paolo Caesar

Text Message Scam in the Philippines Using “Winnings” to Lure Victims. A few seconds ago as of this writing, I received a text message on my cellphone saying:

“Congratulations!U have won 300k Pesos+Starex Van, ur Sim# as a homepartner last April.30,2011 for info:Call ds#:09427641440Dir: marcel Tan of Phil:Com.Center”

That was the text verbatim with the cases and spaces intact. I don’t judge a book by its cover so I gave the promo the benefit of the doubt and called the number mentioned.

Mr. Tan answered the phone and asked who I was. I said that I received his text about winning money and a vehicle. He asked for my name but since I was skeptical I requested that he introduce himself first. Without any hesitation he said,

“Gago ka!”

… and dropped the call.

From the onset, the text message was screaming scam. Truth be told, the guy who sent the message was a lousy scammer. Here is a list of what gave him away:

  • Lousy English. Yes it is a text message but if you want to scam someone, make it look and sound professional to be more convincing.
  • No DTI Promo Permit Number. Any promo or winnings in the Philippines should have this and the text message did not have one. A dead giveaway.

This is not a quick lesson on scamming but I simply want to point out how a scam text looks like. If you have received such a text message, there is a government agency to handle that. Simply log your complaint online via the DTI complaint page or call them at (02)7513330.

If you have similar experiences, please share them below via a comment so we can act on this together. You could post the message they sent you and the number they used to send you the message so that vigilant users can see this page and hopefully be protected from these scams.

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  1. Dear sir
    I received txt messages on the cellphone (#+639332070001) MABUHAY 2013.. Your mobile#won$40,000,00 during the May 1 electronic raffle draw of the ALFONSO YUCHENGCO FNDT. Special Div.Ofc.(DTI Permit 5255).pls.call usec.Patricia Pineda@09436101618 for more info to claim your prize.

  2. Angello says:

    I received a message on May 27, 2013 @ 8:48pm saying:
    “Congrat’s: Your number won Php680,000.00 from AQUINO CHARITY FOUNDATION.for m0re information please call me imediatly. This is atty. RANDY G. SANCHEZ (Information department)per DTI-NCR Permit #0779 series of 2013 THANK YOU. ”
    The senders number is +639057696224.

  3. jun says:

    I received txt messages from cellphone (#+639106016285)

    MABUHAY 2013.. Your mobile#won$40,000,00 via electronic raffle draw brought 2 u by ALFONSO YUCHENGCO FNDT. 4 more details,pls ,call rytnw SEC.LEA AGUILAR.#09488921442

    totoo ba ito o scam lamang sino na naka kuha ng winning prize na ito pls help me

  4. junlakay says:

    I received txt messages on the cellphone (#+639332070001) MABUHAY 2013.. Your mobile#won$40,000,00 during the May 1 electronic raffle draw of the ALFONSO YUCHENGCO FNDT. Special Div.Ofc.(DTI Permit 5255).pls.call usec.Patricia Pineda@09436101618 for more info to claim your prize.

  5. Paolo Caesar says:

    This is most probably a scam.

  6. lea says:

    Eto message nmn sakin….mabuhay ur smart no. Hve won php.750,000.2nd prize in our 5th anniversary raffle drawfr. Yuchengco foundation pls. Call now sec. Lea aguilar no. 09488921442,

  7. lea says:

    I hope magkaroon ng law about sa mga ganito na scam…….

  8. Janice says:

    May natanggap po ago nagpunta n text message n annals po ang number ko n eto po ang sinali s akin s text n congratulations your number won Toyota hilux g.w/300thou.via electronic raffle last June/10/2013/for details pls call now Joan Ramos of Phil.info.center at eto po number Nya 09093451011 at may piñata wagon cay s akin n c mr.davide n eto naman po ang number09465140644.

  9. Xziol3 says:

    May nareceived din po ako ngayon lang, eto po yung text nya:

    (NOTICE) your sim# had won P560,000.In our 58’th Aniv. Preraffle drw last:Aug-20/2013 frm.SAN MIGUEL CORP. Pls.txt ur name/address/age. im sec, Jean A L0pez.

    Ganyan na ganyan po yung text nya
    at yung number naman na ginamit nya ay eto: +639123753688.

    mejo nag-iimprove na ‘tong scammer na ‘to kaya ingat po tayo :D

  10. Khriss says:

    BEWARE for TEXT SCAMMERS – I received this coming from 09321657276 ” Consgratulations! Last June. 10, 2013 Your Cell# Had won! Php.300k+Starex Van WINNER from: Phil.Com.Center. Please call me now!’m Dir.ERWIN LOPEZ “

  11. lovely says:

    (NOTICE):U’r sim card# had won Php:580,000.Pre-raffle draw from SAN MIGUEL C0RP. 4 more info Plz Call me n0w 0r txt ur NAME/ADD/W0RK.I’m Sec.J0VEN A.L0pez..thnk.you.,

    I received that tx today. sabi niya punta ako ng western union…haha…guyz beware… eto yung # na gnmit niya.. 09079805832

  12. Marius says:

    @ Khriss of Aug. 23, 2013

    we have the same texter/scammer number +639321657276 below is his message:

    Congratulations! Last July 1, 2013 your cell # had won! Php.300k + starex van winner from Phil.Com.Center. Please call me now! I’m Dir. Jay Flores.

  13. Ed says:

    I received the below text message from this mobile number +639427738787.

    CONGRATULATIONS!U won php.386k+TOYATA FORTUNER, ur sim# as homepartner last July 14,2013, for info: call dis #.9429269252, Dir. Greg A. Sy of Phil.com.center.

  14. Karlo says:

    +639093451011

    Received a message from the above number saying i won a hilux G plus 300thou stating the name Joan Ramos of Phil.Info.Center

  15. Erwin says:

    same text message received today:

    from: +639429335917

    Congratulations! Last July 01, 2013 YourCell# Had Won! Php.300k+Starex Van Winner from: Phil.Com.Center. Please call ds# Dir.Ryan Chua #09429335917

    Mamatay Na Lahat Nang Manloloko at Manggagantso sa buong Mundo lalo ka na Director Ryan Chua (kuno)!

  16. mean says:

    any times received texts like that, the recent is just a while ago that, “you won 300k+starex van, pls call this number xxxxx and look for dir. daniel bertolo of phil.com.” i reply to him that “how come i won that in the first place, i didnt join any”. hindi na po siya nag-reply. but i just wonder where they got my number…

  17. daryl says:

    putang ina to naloko ako nitong scam2 nato!!!!

  18. gYdinE says:

    ..kanina lang, i received this text from a number 09108587757
    ..NOTICE! frm SAN MIGUEL CORP. CONGRATS! Ur Sim # won Php560000.00 In our 73rd Anniv.last Nov.10,2013.Pls txt Ur Name/address/age. Im JEN MENDEZ.
    …dami pang requirements na cnabi…
    ..nag absent pa aq sa klase..naiiyak na aq…akala q 22o
    —what a waste….i hate this day…i hate it…

  19. Melissa says:

    +639332088328 Kanina Tumawag! congrats!! Ur roam#had won 40,000 US Dollar in Pangkabuhayan handog para sa mga OFW’s by (AY) Alfonso Yuchemco FNDTN.4 more info.pls call 09094178357 Sec,Grace B,Fernandez to Claim your Price Jocely Jeminez Finance Officer 09093425893…. Kapwa kabayan Pilipino tayoy niloloko,, ang Dios na bahala sa mga taong ito..

  20. Melissa says:

    SCAM PO TOH!
    +639332088328
    09094178357
    09093425893

    KAPWA PILIPINO TAYOY NILOLOKO ANG DIOS NA BAHALA SA MGA TAONG GANITO..

  21. Nelly R. Lopez says:

    F sno kman tumawag sakin sana mkarma ka.sa mga ginagawa mong pngloloko.ms.jane L. Lopez kuno.

  22. val says:

    (NOTICE) your sim#had
    won PHP560,000 In
    our73th Aniv. PrEraffle
    drw last: NOV. 25, 2013
    frm.SAn MIGUEL CORP.
    Pls. txt ur
    name/address/age I’M
    MICHAEL DIAZ

    Sender:
    +639206601833
    Received:
    08:56:06 am

    …..and I know! Perhaps, it’s a scam/prank….. I’m just wondering why do they bother people

  23. Bisaya says:

    They got your number through the wanted textmate, wanted boyfriend, wanted girlfriend websites or in FB pages with wanted relationships.

    Congratulations your sim had won 780,000 pes0s, tapos nag jejemon. From charity foundation San mIguel call me now atty. necanor v, fuentes.

    from 09354475314.

    any mobile phone with bluetooth or wifi can also be hacked.

  24. marites gatmaitan says:

    This is his no.09273452533 name nya Sec. Joseph S Parilla ans sabi nanalo daw ang sim no.ko ng 780.000 handog ng 58th anv.ng san miguel corp.text my name/add/age/work dti permit no.0797,s14…paki check po ito plsss,thank you po

  25. aina says:

    i received a message na ngsasabing;
    (NOTICE):U’r sim card# had won php:580,000.Pre raffle draw from SAN MIGUEL CORP. 4 more info Plz Call me now 0r txt ur NAME/ADD/WORK..I’m Sec.JEAN A. LOPES………thnk you.,,,,

    _tinawagan q cla at sabi nla na pra daw makuha q ang pera kailangan q raw n bumili ng prepaid calling card na worth 500…w/c i did…..
    _den sabi nla na punta raw aq sa western union pra iclaim….at bfor na ipadala nla un kailangan q raw mgpadala ng 3,500….
    _SHIT buti na lang nagtanong ung nsa WU at cnasabing txt scam lang un….grrrrrrrrrr……
    #i spent 1,100…inutang q pa ang mng un ha?…
    #my patawag tawg p clang nalalaman……

    *tinex q cla kung txt scam lang ba un at sbi nla na wag daw aqng mgsalita ng ganun sa knila kc d kmi bata na ngusap knina….hahaha……

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  27. george says:

    This is his no.09273452533 name nya Sec. Joseph S Parilla ans sabi nanalo daw ang sim no.ko ng 780.000 handog ng 58th anv.ng san miguel corp.text my name/add/age/work dti permit no.0797,s14… This message is similar to what Mdm. Marites Gatmaitan’s received message last 1st Feb 2014. Surely this is a big SCAM. Please block this person cellphone number.

  28. mark says:

    here is the text i received this day June 9, 2014 7:58AM
    “Congratulations! U have won a Php.385000+Toyota Hi Ace last Apr.06 2014 Your SimCard# for info:Atty:Richard Yu call this no.09422615348 of Phil.Com.Center.”

  29. melencio magat says:

    here is the text i received this day November 25, 2014 8:28AM
    “Congratulations! U have won a Php.385000+Toyota Hi Ace last Apr.06 2014 Your SimCard# for info:Atty:Richard Yu call this no.09426911910 of Phil.Com.Center.”

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