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Who is this texter Gelbert Perez and why is he giving away a Honda Jazz?

It’s alarming the number of comments I received about scam text messages promising big wins and instant riches! Out of hundreds (maybe even thousands) of people these scammers contact, I’m sure there are many people who fall for their scam.

Here is a sample scam text message:

CONGRTLTIONS!!! You Have Won 300th\Honda Jazz Last Jan 15, 2008. Ur Cell # as Home Partner winner. Call ds # 4details ds is GELBERT PEREZ of Phill,Com, Center.

One visitor explains:

recently this janice sanchez texted me and infomed me that i won a 300k and a toyota hilux and she told me to call mr. jaime khan of sparco international company, and when i verify it they ask me to send them money tru western union for the registration and insurance policy.and when i ask them to give me their email add or web site they have no add to give.

Most visitors found their way to my article “Panalo o Panloloko” by searching for names in the text messages. Which brings me to the topic of that article.

Smart and the National Telecommunications Commission launched an awareness campaign to help Pinoys distinguish between legitimate text and scam text messages. Where are they with that campaign? Does the campaign include actual apprehensions of scam artists?

Here are some questions to ask to help identify a scam:

  • Does the message come from “09xx-1234567” cell number?
    Be wary of any contest winner announcements from a private number. Telcos announcing winners will use a short-code (3 or 4 digits only) or will call you from a short-code number.
  • Did you, in fact, enter any raffle?
    It doesn’t make sense to win in something you didn’t join.
  • Did the message ask you to send money before claiming the “grand price”?
    That’s the ultimate giveaway. Don’t ever surrender your money if you are unclear with what it is for and what you’ll get in return. Even after explanations, make sure you probe, ensure the identity of the person/company and the legitimacy of the “raffle”.
  • Are the company names, telephone numbers, contact names legitimate?
    When in doubt, verify! Just like the people who left comments on my blog. Good thing they searched and found out about the scam.

I wonder what it will take to catch the crooks behind this scam. Is this a job for Mike Enriquez, the Tulfo Brothers, the Kung-fu Kids? Or isn’t this a job for the NTC or NBI?

Calling-calling-1-2-3, who wants to catch a crook? Entrap these crooks, would you?

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  • Can’t they just “triangulate” the sender’s number? 😀 Seriously, if Jun Lozada’s location can be found through his cell, can’t this be done also for a better purpose?

  • @Arnold – na tetrace, pero may favoritism.. yung mga ganito, wala nang paki alam ang gobyerno.. tsk tsk tsk…

  • “I wonder what it will take to catch the crooks behind this scam. Is this a job for Mike Enriquez, the Tulfo Brothers, the Kung-fu Kids? Or isn’t this a job for the NTC or NBI?”

    Actually meron nang ginawa si Mr.Tulfo (of Bitag) regarding dyan. Mag seset sana sila ng entrapment. Kaso ang sistema ganito.. padadaanini thru Western Union ang pera. Ang Western Union naman ay hindi makipag cooperate. Untracable daw ang mga pinapadala sa kanila. 🙁

    It is clearly that the crooks already knows about this. That is why they choose Western Union.

  • The 2nd bullet should be the first. 😉

    Our nanny had almost gave in to this kind of scam. The text came from Recardo D Ocampo, whoever he is.

    Why do they have to misspell their names?

    http://cantosph.com/not-another-sms-scam/

  • george

    text scammers coming from +639266495593 that i won honda jazz..giving the name grace cuerpo, saying they are from phil.com.center/dti. they gave another no. +9192090099 stella suarez vp of polo intl. PLEASE MONITOR THESE NUMBERS BEFORE THEY VICTIMISED SOMEONE!!

  • amber

    I also got a similar message this morning, from JERRY VALDEZ of phil.com.center saying I won a honda jazz and 300thou. The SMS came from +639275950300.

  • hi i also received a scam message …
    that i’ve won 500,000 pesos

    heres his number pls be aware about this if ANYONE knows how to report this to track the number pls tell me im willing to report hehehe

    number of scammer:09056846559
    no identity…

  • maine naval

    same name but different contact numbers

  • maine naval

    09106302663 said.. Good morning Mam. The insurance policy has been done now. Hav u sent d payment already? Pls call now 4 d control # coz thers so much 2 be done stil.

    try to entrap this women named stella suarez

  • This is one of the number 09283362035. Dont be fooled

  • nailscarredhand

    I’ve received the same message, this time, under the name of Mike Sanchez of Phil. Com Center (that building by the way, was abandoned ages ago.)

  • Smarty

    09155290533 james castro phil comm center

  • Randy

    here’s another one i received thrice this morning. took them ages to reply when i called.
    Philcom center rep was “ALECIA GUEVARRA” (these are probably screen names anyway)@ 0907-4733513 and asked me to call Nestor Villa (the actor? haha), SVP of Polo International Corp. at 09096140222;;;di nman sumasagot. ingat lang, esp now xmas is nearing..

  • Just received a text today (June 24, 2009): ‘Congratulations!Ur cell# apeared n Electronic computer board Last April 20,2009 you won 300t\HONDA JAZZ. Call ds #(+639169176164 sender’s mobile#) 4 details ds is Danilo Rublez,of Phil.Comm.Center.’
    I was laughing while reading it, thinking that it is a joke and wandering what the sender meant by electronic computer board??? I even showed it to my son who asked outright “totoo ba ‘yan?”
    I looked up the name of the co. mentioned- Phil.Comm Center and I found your website confirming that it is a con job. I called the no. twice but there was no answer.

  • Valor

    12:25 noon, i received a text from this number 09065201661, and here’s the message he sent to me… “Congrats u have won 300th.pesos+STAREX VAN.ur sim#as a home partner last may 3,09 draw.call ds.#09065201661.contact dir.rey ayala 4 info.SENDER PHIL.COM.CENTER.”
    too late when i found out that i wasn’t true because i sent him my full name and home address, though i doubt. that was he want me to do when i tried to call him. i just hope that nothing bad would happen to my name.

    • Jeffrey

      exactly the same. different contact no. & date and in my message he was an atty. =))) amazing! i called him and he says that i need to send some money to LBC for the registration of starex van. i asked some proof or guarantee. he just said “Government ito iho si atty. rey ayala ito.” by the way last friday lang ‘to. so i don’t know kung magrereply pa ba ako. gusto kong lokohin e. pero idk.

      SANA MAKATULONG.

  • nzo

    Why is this still happening?
    I just got the same message today.
    Certain Danilo Rublez (mobile no. 090565889559)
    Clearly, this is a scam. I just hope no one is greedy and stupid enough to fall for this.

    To all, always be vigilant.

    Do not fall for thess kinds of cheap tricks.

  • camiguin

    06:12a.m, i received a text from this number 9156427346, and here’s the message he sent to me… “Congrats u have won 300tk.pesos+STAREX VAN.ur sim#as a home partner last sept 12,09 draw.call ds.#9156427346.contact dir.atty.rey ayala 4 info. PHIL.COM.CENTER.”paano kaya ako nanalo as a home partner,e wala naman akong entry ,raffle na sinalihan.hello….naglipa na talaga ang ga manloloko.lokohin mo rey ang lelang mo.maayo unta nga gaba-an ka.ilangsang ka sa crross.

  • Bro

    8:40 am, i received a text from this number 09127303217, and here’s the message he sent to me… “Congratulations u have won 300th.pesos+STAREX VAN.ur sim#as a home partner last nov 09,2009 for info call ds #09127303217 dir.Greg A. Sy of PHIL.COM.CENTER.”

    please do not do this. you are just giving false hope to people. its a sin, you know that. later on when you get old, this might give you a bounce.
    stop doing this scam. you are also a child of God. Nobody does this except for those who do not know themselves. may you find peace. God bless.

  • Me too, I received the same text message but with different contact name

    Below is the original text message I received this morning 1/26/2010:

    Congratulations! U have won 300k Pesos+Starex Van, ur Sim# as a homepartner last Nov.23,2009 for info:Call ds no:09306665925Dir:Allan Yap of Phil:Com.Center.

    • stacey

      ang kapal ng scammer na ito pretending to be a government employee and director daw siya ha? haha..

      he has a new number para gamiting panloko. so beware..

      09324418529

      “Congratulations! U have won 300k Pesos+Starex Van, ur Sim# as a homepartner last Nov.23,2009 for info:Call ds no:09324418529Dir:Allan Yap of Phil:Com.Center.

      never believe this kind of scheme for they will do whatever they want to scam others.

    • stacey

      funny when i called this ALLAN YAP, he is somewhat in a province and the background is full of chicken noise! haha.. so for those who received and might be receiving this kind of messages, please do not fall for it! telcos should be doing something about this.

  • Wow, claire is here. Halo CLaire.

  • JOIE

    Me too, I received the same text message but with different contact name

    Below is the original text message I received this morning 8/9/2010:

    Congrats! U have won 300k + STAREX Van, ur Sim no. as a home partner last JUN.3,2010 draw.call ds. no.9179773308 contact dir .REY AYALA 4nfo PHIL.COM.CENTER

  • mich

    Me too, I received the same text message but with different contact name.
    Congratulations! U have won 300k Pesos+Starex Van, ur Sim# as a homepartner last Nov.23,2009 for info:Call ds no:09306665925Dir:Allan Yap of Phil:Com.Center.

    earlier about 5 minutes.

  • Macky

    I just got one today from an Allan Fuentes of Philcom claiming I won 300k w/ a Toyota Avanza. I called him and he said to call back in the morning. When I asked for his location, he said Olongapo. Sure Buddy!

  • Kaz

    Got one today. Please beware of this number: 09062195594.

  • Congratulations!u have won 300k+starex van,ur sim#as a homepartner last aug.26,2010 for info:call ds no:09321726365 dir.ALAN YAP of PHIL.COM.CENTER,……….GOD BLESS THOSE PERSONS doing this scam,kaya naghihirap ang Pilipinas dahil kyo mga manluluko o mga tamad ayaw ninyo magsikap para sa inyo pag unlad.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,MAMULOT KAYO NG BASURA DAHIL SA BASURA MY PERA,,,,,,,100%

  • Gelly

    thanks for posting all your comments. i just received same text and i checked it out in google. good thing you have all these comments to warn me from calling.

  • EIzus

    Just received the same message and right now they are sending msgs thru sun. after 2 years i think they stop and now nag uumpisa na ulit. THe draw was oct 19 2010. When will they stop? 09321766365.
    Sana me tracker na dito sa pinas para mahuli yang manlolokong yan.

  • Onesimus

    me too. just now.

    Congratulations u have won 300th.pesos+STAREX VAN.ur sim#as a home partner last nov 05,2010 for info call ds #09336195138 dir.Greg A. Sy of PHIL.COM.CENTER.”

    🙂

  • thelma

    i just got the same message this morning saying i won 300k plus starex van as home partner. how could i win as home partner,i haven’t join any raffle. sender name is Alvin Lim of Phil:Com.Center.

  • chu

    same here, i received the message saying,

    Congratulations u have won 300th.pesos+STAREX VAN.ur sim#as a home partner last nov 05,2010 for info call ds #09325343261 dir. Zee Dee Tan of PHIL.COM.CENTER.

    In fact, magaling silang magsalita parang totoo. Pinatulan ko to and i gave a one-shot call just to get the feel of how they manilate poor innocent people. it only saddens me to think na natatawa ko habang pinapakinggan ko silang magmanipulate, while other victims were hopeful because of the supposed prizes…. dapat matrace tlga tong scammers na to.

  • no name

    add ko lang sa database nyo:

    Congratulations!U have won 300k Pesos+Starex Van, ur Sim# as a homepartner last Nov.15,2010 for info:Call dis no:09325343261Dir:Zedee Tan of Phil:Com.Center

    how abt tyo naman ang magscam sa mga scammers? hehehe

  • Arielle

    Got one also, same meassage from dir. atty. rey ayala. I won 300k and starex van.
    please beware of this number 09279398267.

  • JC

    congratulations! u have won 300k+starex van, ur sim# as a homepartner last feb 06, 2011. for info: call ds no: 09327495228congratulations! u have won

    BEWARE OF THIS NUMBER.

  • anthony

    As of today some also texted me that, I won 300k + starex van,
    as a home partner last jan 31, 2011. Here’s the # that you shouldn’t trust.09335167233 Jay Flores of Phil:Com.Center

  • Marvz

    Beware of this number..09166912882 c0ntains the same scam msg. He speaks like he isn’t a lawyer. Fool y0ur m0m and dam Atty Rey ayala of that scam msg. Wr0ng m0ve l0lo! Ur a waste. A trash to our c0untry! Get l0st!

  • crazy guy

    hi guys ive got d same msg this morning from certain allan yap,i called the # tok to the guy but ofcorse i allready know that this is a scam,but can u blame me?its my day off and m kinda bored,fortunately i had fun toking to those dip shits,i got it recorded and i was planning to upload it bcoz it was sooo damn hilarious.the guy is so mad at me bcoz at the end he realized that i was making fun of him,its crazy but dey made me laugh and its all that matters.you should try it..hehe! and by the way he promised to make me a big star since hes a DIRECTOR!?I love you director allan yap..YOU ROCKED!!!LOL

    • rayn

      i just got the same text this morning 300K and a Starex van! =) it says it’s from alan yap from Phil Com Center. Beware of this number: 09334537823

  • maverick

    i gor this message from 09334537823 and the message goes like this CONGRATULATIONS u have won 300k pesos + starex van ur sim as a homepartner last march 12 2011 for info call ds #09334537823 dir: allan yap of phil com center

  • RC

    Allan yap’s new number 09322917806 he said his address is #188 PCC Bldg. Cor. West Kalayaan Olongapo City 3200 Landline (046) 7516431 DTI 0242 Series of 2011 that i won 300k + starex van as home partner in the raffle draw April 12 2011 , when i call him he always say GOD BLESS , how can he be a christian when he is fooling all of us.

  • gerald

    got one too:

    +63 9332328792 Jay Flores

  • Kent

    Beware also of this number 09324464499, same scheme but they are using different names Dir. Greg A. Sy of the same company. the price is very tempting 380,000 pesos + starex van.
    Wish lang nila maloko nila ako… amf!!!

  • kate

    Grrr.. somebody texted me like this “Congratulation! U have won php.380k+Starex van, ur Sim# as a homepartner last june 15, 2011 for info. call ds # 09327059639 Dir. Thomas Y. Perez of Phil. Com. Center. Huwag po kayong maniniwala kung they sent you information thru text only. if u really won a prize they should inform u by telegram or call you. God Bless to all….

  • Ann

    juz recived s same msg..but wid difrnt num nd nem..,til now e ngeexist parn pla yan cla..0942-148-3192 ang num – dir. renato segovia dw xa,,

  • Joey

    I got one this morning:

    “Congratulations! you have won php300k+Starex van ur sim# as a homepartner last April 20, 2012 for info. pls call this # 09435889685. Dir. Renato Segovia of Phil Com Center”.

    What’s the update on this issue? Thanks.

    • EJ. Vince

      same….ganun din na receive ko message from. Dir. Renato Segovi of Phil Com Center..pero ang number nya ay 09326165551….tsk…grabe talaga cla….kagagaling lng nmin sa pagdadalamhati tpus cla walang patawad sa panloloko…cge lng makakarma din kau…

  • popes

    I receive same txt informing me that i won 300k and a toyota fortuner… i need to call james roa phil.center.com.. go home you stupid morons..

  • jelaizkee

    ganyan dn ntnggap q ngaung txt mula kai james roa, eto number nya 09432303301, tgal n pl ng isyu nto bkit wl p din ngyyari?

  • jason

    I received one this morning. I knew this was scam late and already send my name and add. Hoping nothing bad will happen to my name.

  • IamNobody

    “Congratulations! U have won Php.300k+Starex Van, ur Sim# as a homepartner last December 20, 2012. for info, call dis #no. 09326165551”

    –Hehe! Ano ba yan? Every month ba may pa-premyo! Bwahahahaha!

  • ive’d got a message; congratulation! ur no. won 350th + toyota vios via elctronic draw last dec 18,2012. to claim it, pls call dis # n luk 4 gelbert perez of p.i.c 09278735038. tumwag skin at kung gus2 ko dw mka siguro n i2 ay 220 maybngay sya skin n no.09165998828 nkausap ko sya dw si victora jones ang sb nya magbgay dw ako ng mga following req. at may mga inofer sya skin n mga klase ng insurance para s car at pagnkpili k n magbgay k dw ng mga sumusunod n amount n n pili mu para s car insurance ipadala mu dw ung pera n dn ur following reqments.. panalo o panloloko wag bsta bsta maniwla s mga gnitung uri ng txt.. mag ingat po sna kau malinaw n isa lng po i2ng scam.. txt message scam.. dpt 2ng mga gni2 pinapatawan ng mtinding parusa. mrami n ngang mga kababayan ntng mga pilipino ang naghihirap. at kya mraming mga pilipino ang naloloko at kumkgat s mga gni2 dhl nrn kasi s khirapan at tapos sinsmantala i2 ng mga masasama kaya mag ingat po kaung lht s mga masasama ..:) slamat po n god bless s mga mabubute :))

  • dapat silang ipapapulis pra mawala na ang mga taong katulad nilang may ubod ng sama…

  • Neil

    I just recieved a text message saying: Congratulations! U have won Php300k+Starex Van, ur Sim# As Homepartner last April 28, 2013 for info. Call dis # no 09334907623 Dir. Pedro yasay of Phil.Com.Center.

    wew. . .i researched it first and found this website. damn! its really a scam. thanks!

  • SAB

    got one too:

    Congratulations! U have won Php388k+toyota fortuner, ur Sim# As Homepartner last may 06, 2013 for info. Call dis # no. 09427738787 Dir. Daniel Inigo of Phil.Com.Center.

    beware of this no. 09427738787

    • GRIFTER

      got the same message,

      Congratulations! U have won Php388k+toyota fortuner, ur Sim# As Homepartner last July 14, 2013 for info. Call dis # no. 09429269353 Dir. Daniel Inigo of Phil.Com.Center.

      this message came these # 09427738787

  • Darius

    Receive a text right now and beware – 09321657276 Dir. Jay Flores.

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