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Death Threats Scam

Death threat text are often the most panicky text that anyone can receive. They pry on the victim’s emotions, especially fear of death and loot money from them.

Netizen Peach Lopez shared her experience last september 27

"Hello, ako po ay tumawag dahil napag-utusan po ako na patayin ka, ngunit nag iba po ang isip ng kausap ko at pinadadamay na nya buong pamilya mo. Kaya ako tumatawag sayo kasi andyan na mga tao ko sa paligid mo."
Does this sound familiar?
If it does, it must be because you have encountered this spiel from our neighborhood BPO Scammer Inc. (I just made that up because I imagine these guys sitting on swivel chairs with desks with mobile phones in hand busy scamming everyone. :D ). There's a new scam in town and it feeds on your fears.
I found out about it because a friend of mine called me up the other day to ask if I knew someone who can help her. Being the funny girl that she is, I first laughed it off but then I became serious when I noticed that she was serious when she said that she was scared.
I asked her what the details of the calls were as well as the conversations they had. When I heard the whole story, I told her that it's reeking of scam but I wanted to pacify her fears so I gave my cousin's number who in turn gave her his friend's number from the NBI.
These people will continuously harass you and tell you that they will kill you and your family. And then they will say that naaawa sila sayo kaya hihingi na lang silang pera para pamasahe ng mga tao nya palayo para pag nalaman ng kliyente na hndi nila pinatay, malayo na sila. They will also ask a specific amount ranging from P20, 000 - P100,000 depending on your gullibility and intensity of fear. Then they will ask you to send it to Palawan Express. They will also establish more "proof" that they're authentic by telling you your name and the street you're at or the street where you work or live. And I think it's most probably they get these details from your online breadcrumbs or if they have a certain gadget. I don't know, they get sophisticated every time.
I gave her a few points on why I think it's a scam (I'm not going to share it here because some scammers might get an idea and revise their script :P ).
My friend almost paid them but good thing she asked a few questions first before she did it and that's when she finally believed me that it was indeed a scam.
I also asked her to go to the nearest police station and report it so that they will have a record, advised her to call the number of the NBI guy that my cousin gave because it's the NBI's turf -- catching these scammers.
I am writing this to warn everyone. Also attached photos of the texts. My friend also did her research afterwards and found out that they already victimized a lot of people. You can Google these things. So, beware.
1. Never ever expose your password.
2. Always log out on all your online accounts.
3. Never ever put online your personal details unless the site is reputable and heavy in security.
Ingat lagi, Peeps!

Nowadays Scammers have always been clever in fully utilizing different techniques of extorting money from people.
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