Text Scams and How To Not Fall For It

text scams philippines

Oh text scams! They’re annoying and downright cheap. I for one, have received a few of them, and most of the time, I find joy responding to those congratulatory messages. Its a totally different story when the scammer replies back, and tells you the details on how to “claim” your “prize”

You’d think by now we’ve learned how to deal with them, but surprisingly many Filipinos are still falling prey to the silly instant money modus. Don’t be a victim  and know a scam texts when you receive one.

It Comes From A Suspicious Number


Text promos requires you to register using a special number (e.g.. 2366, 211, 4455 and so on) and not from those that starts with a network prefix like +63917 etc. Of course, if its a promo, you should be fully aware of it, right? So if a text comes in and says, “Congrats, your mobile number won P1M”, don’t get too excited especially if you didn’t join any contest via text.

Attorney Quack

"Ah oo si Attorney Tiwala 'to.. Oh nanalo ka ng P1 Million. Punta ka dito, penge balato. K thnx bye!"
“Ah oo si Attorney Tiwala ‘to.. Oh nanalo ka ng P1 Million. Punta ka dito, penge balato. K thnx bye!”

Text scammers these days are becoming more and more clever that they even use the name of a certain “Attorney” to make their schemes more believable. In any type of text promos, theres no way that a person who graduated from law school would deal with it, much so that they’d tell you what to do on how to claim your supposed prize. Its either the company promo staff or one of the marketing people of that text promo who should be contacting you. Again not an attorney. Not even the Director of the company should be liaising with you.

 Lousy English

When scammer asks you out for coffee at "ZtArBuQZz"
When scammer asks you out for coffee at “ZtArBuQZz”

Yes scammers have become clever, but not too clever that they’ve forgotten the importance of grammar. It’s text messaging, I know, but wouldn’t it be more convincing if they made it look and sound professional by using proper english? If a message starts with “e0w pHoWz” thats a dead give away.

Globe, Smart “Discount” or “Freebies”

Thanks, but no thanks. Im on prepaid!
Thanks, but no thanks. Im on prepaid!

Post paid subscribers also get these hoax messages all the time, offering things like “discount” or “refunds” to your monthly statement. They will then ask you to reply and include texts like “100 send to 2915XXXXXXX”, and viola! You have just transferred phone credits to their mobile number. Pretty sneaky isn’t it? Well, not if you think ahead of them. Just remember that for any network promos or advisory, it should either have the actual name of your provider, or use special prefix, and not from any 11-digit number.

These are just some of the tactics used by these predators. And when it comes to the things that you value the most (i.e. your hard earned cash) its better safe than sorry. When you encounter any of these scenarios, immediately report them to either your network provider or go to the National Telecommunication’s public assistance page.

Images: Jennifernon, Lobiondopage, MemeCenter

Michael Mutia

Former tv writer and radio DJ, now the resident ball of sunshine for MoneySmart. I like things cute and fun. When idle, I turn to Christina and Mariah for some music therapy. I write about interesting money-related articles too for our blog. So if you got any good story ideas to share, or know where to find cheap stuff, send me a shoutout at [email protected]

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