July 6th, 2011

A New Scam in Manila using the cellphone

I got this from my mailbox today and I think it's worth sharing.  I don't know if it's true but there's no harm in being extra careful.

I am reprinting the whole email:

Dear all,

I would like to share this worrisome experience with all of you.

It’s all started when I received a call from someone claiming that he was from Maxis and he asked me to shutdown my phone for 2 hours for 3g update to take place. As I was rushing for a meeting, I did not question and shutdown my cell phone.

After 45 minutes I felt very suspicious since the caller did not even introduce his name. I quickly turned on my cell phone and I received several calls from my family members and the others were from the number that had called me earlier - 3954380.

I called my parents and I was shocked that they sounded very worried asking me whether I am safe. My parents told me that they had received a call from someone claiming that they had me with them and asking for money to let me free. The call was so real and my parents even heard 'my voice' crying out loud asking for help. My parent was at the bank waiting for next call to proceed for money transfer. I told my parents that I am safe and asked them to lodge a police report.

Right after that I received another call from the guy asking me to shutdown my cell phone for another 1 hour which I refused to do and hung up. They keep calling my cell phone until the battery had run down. I myself lodged a police report and I was informed by the officer that there were many such scams reported.. MOST of the cases reported that the victim had already transferred the money! And it is impossible to get back the money.

Be careful as this kind of scam might happened to any of us!!!  Those guys are so professional and very convincing during calls. If you are asked to shut down your cell phone for updates by the service provider, ASK AROUND! Your family or friends might receive the same call.

Be Safe and Stay Alert!

Please pass around to your family and friends!


Geraldine B. Alvarez, CPA, FLMI, ACS, AIAA
Vice President & Head
Branch Management Division
The Insular Life Assurance Co., Ltd.

My Temporary Satchel Bag

I really have no patience when it comes to bags  =). 

I've been lusting over a satchel bag these past weeks but I've yet to place my order for the handmade satchel bag from Ms. Frances of Topaz Horizon.

So while that is in the works, I couldn't help but buy this Mulberry Alexa-inspired bag at Cash and Carry (priced real cheap):

It's a good replica of a Mulberry Alexa bag, shown below in its real, original and authentic form:

There's no way I could afford this bag, priced at £875.84 in Net-A-Porter.   But you could very well see the difference between the real thing and its replica.  I think the one I got is not a perfect copy of the original Mulberry Alexa and that's kinda good because this is just a test bag.

I am really liking this temporary satchel bag, and I can't wait to get my hands on the handmade one!   I missed carrying long-strapped shoulder bags.  For the longest time I've been carrying tote bags and other big, roomy bags because I am used to carrying my whole room in my bag hehe.   But I have to compartmentalized my things and carry only the essentials now because AJ and I go out for short errands nowadays there's no reason for me to bring my whole room.

More on my bag collection in my future posts  =)