Category: Personal Experiences

SMS Scam: Roaming Number Charges, Send 200 to 808 Scam

Got this sms spam and scam


Basically it says that my account was charged with 200 pesos because I called and texted a roaming number. And to cancel this 200 pesos “charged” to my account, I need to send message to 808 containing a specified number (09120009743 in my case) <space> 200, and reply to YES to all prompts/message confirmation from my telco. Let me just take this opportunity to tell Mr./Ms. 09120009743 and 09226908240 that I eat spam, scam and the entire clan for breakfast. We all know that that set of instructions will just transfer 200 pesos to the account of the scammer. In Filipino this is like doing “PASA LOAD200 pesos to the scammer’s number 😀

Its been a long time since I posted about SMS Scam, but I will dissect this incident (and related developments, including the reply from my telco) in another post in soon. But today let me just do an awareness campaign against this Roaming Number Charges, Send 200 pesos to 808 Scam sms scam, and warn my friends and readers not to reply to that kind of sms messages.

Be vigilant and stay safe!

July 17, 2015, Friday is a Holiday in the Philippines

Its official! July 17, 2015, Friday, is a holiday in the Philippines for the EID’L FITR (Feast of Ramadhan). Malacanang announced this today and posted it in the official website.

Quoting the website:

Proclamation No. 1070, s. 2015
Signed on July 6, 2015



WHEREAS, Republic Act No. 9177 declared Eid’l Fitr (Feast of Ramadhan) as a regular holiday throughout the country;

WHEREAS, Eid’l Fitr is celebrated by the Muslim world for three (3) days after the end of the month of fasting;

WHEREAS, the entire Filipino nation should have the full opportunity to join their Muslim brothers and sisters in peace and harmony in the observance and celebration of Eid’l Fitr, and

WHEREAS, in order to bring the religious and cultural significance of the Eid’l Fitr to the fore of national consciousness, it is necessary to declare Friday, 17 July 2015, as a regular holiday throughout the country.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BENIGNO S. AQUINO III, President of the Philippines, by virtue of the powers vested in me by law, do hereby declare Friday, 17 July 2015, as a regular holiday throughout the country in observance of Eid’l Fitr (Feast of Ramadhan).

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the Republic of the Philippines to be affixed.

Done in the City of Manila, this 6th day of July, in the year of Our Lord, Two Thousand and Fifteen.


By authority of the President:

Executive Secretary

Hooray for another long weekend holiday for PH!
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Sam Mendoza SMS Scam 2015… Still alive and kicking

I receive several reports that a certain Sam is making some SMS Scam rounds again this year.

Several years ago I created a blog post awareness about an SMS Scam featuring one Sam Mendoza. She patterned it from a similar scam a year before (the Marie Velasco SMS Scam in 2009). That blog post got some 200+ replies from readers and the scam site kept on jumping and moving to several free domain ( domain redirects).

So fast forward to 2015, I checked the supposedly “Plea for help” website and behold… its the same old scam of Sam Mendoza in 2009. Same picture. Same old set of credentials and Transcript of Records. Oh wait,  there have been some updates on the year of birth and some changes and twists in the words describing her supposedly need for help in return of doing special favors (hehehe) to those who would help her. But overall still the same pathetic “Angel crying for help” epic fail scam.

Read for yourself below and compare it to my Sam Mendoza 2010 scam post.

An angel crying for help…

I don’t know if what I’m doing is right but I just need guidance and little chance in life…

I’m a girl from Bacolod City, Negros Occidental. Orphaned since high school but still surviving. I’m a College graduate / DOST Scholar. Dito po ako lumaki but my family is really from Surigao. I can’t trace back my relatives there anymore… Ngayon, naka-boarding house lang po ako because before, nangungupahan lang din kami ng kwarto nung buhay pa parents ko..

Nag-apply po ako ng work sa San Miguel Bacolod plant and they told me na walang masyadong computer job vacancy ang plant nila because beer factory lang daw po sila. Though i-foforward daw po nila sa main office sa ortigas ung application ko and after a few weeks, I was asked for a final briefing interview sa Ortigas. I-hihire na daw po ako dahil ok naman daw ang interview ko dito sa plant nila sa Bacolod…

… The problem is di ko po kayang pumunta… Di ko na po alam ang gagawin at this point. I don’t have the basic means to go to Manila. I don’t have any relatives na malalapitan dito. Ito siguro ung something for me na “so close, yet still so far..”. Kung may makabasa man pong tao dito sa ginawa kong blog, I’m asking for a little help lang po sana. Mabigyan lang po sana ako ng chance na makapunta ng Manila and to get the job na inapplayan ko po sana..

May matutuluyan naman po ako (pero pansamantala nga lang) sa Novaliches kung sakali. Siguro po, if dumating man sa point na kailangan kong ibaba at ipagpalit ung sarili ko… gagawin ko., makapunta lang po ng Maynila.

Hindi ko na rin naman po sana gagawin tong magmakaawa at humingi ng tulong sa ibang tao kung binigyan lang sana ako ng Diyos ng magandang buhay at hindi katulad ng sitwasyon gaya nito… Desperate na po ako…

Wow she did not run out of tears after 5 long years of crying (and scamming), and I believe we have a new Guiness record here 😀

New URLs/domains include the ff:

So again: Hello there Sam the Scam! better luck next time!

To all my friends and readers: this Sam Mendoza is a scam so please do not entertain any solicitation from her. And please do spread this awareness campaign against this Sam Mendoza scam.

Read the following post from my archives:

If you have received the same scam, or have a new site hosting/containing her scam, please feel free to leave some comments below. Thanks!

Pahiyas Festival 2015

Here’s another Post Picture Now Blog Details Later post featuring my very own province.

Raven and I went to Lucban, Quezon last week to attend the Pahiyas Festival 2015. Its been ages since I last visited Lucban for a Pahiyas festival and we were very happy to experience the different displays for the Pahiyas, the wonderful food and all the activities. I am posting these six photos as a prelude to a future blog post here at

Thank you friends!

Thank you friends! Words are not enough to express my gratitude so why not do a blog post.

Sharing this old school video from Garfield and Friends Show…

Friends are there
to help you get started
to give you a push on your way
Friends are there
to turn you around
get your feet on the ground
for a brand new day
They’ll pick you up when you’re down
help you swallow your pride
when something inside
got to break on through
to the other side
Friends are someone you can open up to
when you fell like you’re ready to flip
When you got the world on your shoulders
friends are there to give you a tip
Friends are there when you need them
They’re even there when you don’t
For a walk in the park
For a shot in the dark
Friends are there
(Garfield) “I Don’t Care”
But Friends will care….
For you….

Again thank you my friends….

Congrats Gilas Pilipinas!!!

They say a picture is worth a thousand words so…

Image Credits: and FIBA

Congrats guys!  Congrats also to the Team Pilipinas crew!

Warm greetings also to all Pinoys worldwide celebrating this victory!!!



Happy Independence Day Pilipinas 2014

Maligayang Araw ng Kalayaan, Pilipinas!!!

Happy Independence Day, Philippines!!!

Today is the 116th Independence Day of the Republic of the Philippines. Google love the Philippines so much and this year they have this doodle for the Philippines Independence Day 2014.



Here are some other cool Google doodles for the Philippine Independence Day

This one is from 2012



This one from 2010



and in 2009



Thanks Google!

Mabuhay ang Kalayaan!!! Mabuhay ang Pilipinas!!!

We watched the X-Men: Days of Future Past movie over the weekend. Good movie!!! And maybe a review post here in will be a good idea for a future article. But since I don’t have the luxury of time to do a full movie review today, I will just share 2 cool videos related to X-Men Days of Future Past. The two video clips below are from the X-Men TV Series (yup! the good old original cartoon series) that was a hit in the 90’s.

So here we go… “Previously on X-Men…” and the intro song…

X-Men Days of Future Past Part 1…

Video Credits: Youtube, Marvel, and SupHero Channell

 I’m an avid and “senti” fan so I really cannot forget the 5:36 scene showing the tombstone of Cyclops, Rogue, Storm and Jubilee.


Image screenie via Youtube. Credits to Marvel and SupHero Channell in youtube


Here is X-Men Days of Future Past Part 2

Video Credits: Youtube, Marvel, and SupHero Channell

I will leave the spot the difference and other commentaries to other Marvel and X-Men fans out there.

Going back to the X-Men Days of Future Past movie, as per Marvel cinematic tradition this movie have the after-credits scene. So when you are watching the X-Men Days of Future Past movie, don’t leave right away, wait for the after credits scene OK?

I initially did not understand who that dude was in the after credits scene, but thanks to our in-house Marvel guru (Spiderham) he reminded me on who he was. Spiderham said his four companions was supposedly the giveaway clue.

So spoiler alert: the after credits-scene dude = Mr. A (and his 4 Henchmen). Decipher it and like/share/retweet/+1 this post in FB, twitter and google+ ok?

I hope you liked the video clips of X-Men Days of Future Past and liked this blog post too!

I am wondering why it’s very easy for me to post lots of photos to social networking sites (e.g. Facebook and Twitter) and yet very difficult to update this blog with the same pictures and photos with matching great stories. There may be more reasons than one (busy? procrastination? laziness?) But enough of those reasons and let me present some solutions.

Enter: Blog Experiment. I remember during the first two years of this blog, I did some blog experiments. Some are wild and crazy experiments. Some are boring experiments. Some failed abut some yielded good results that I am really proud of. So I would like to do some blog experiment starting this month of May 2014. Post Picture Now Blog Details Later.

Image Credits: Wikimedia Commons

Simple process: I will post pictures right away but delay the meticulous wordsmithing later. OK maybe wordsmithing may not be the exact word but putting in text/content may be better. In the future maybe I can add some 1-liner or 1-para introduction about the pictures. Maybe I will do it with some twist too like my six word memoirs experience. No deadline on the exact date on when the Blog Details Later (BDL) will come out but will do my best but the more important thing is the Post Pictures Now (PPN) part. The PPN part will also remind me that I still have open items related to that topic and interlinking the two posts will be good for the blog.

Let me try this blogging experiment and let us see if it will be a success. I will be backdating this post to yesterday (May 12) so that I can also do the first Post Pictures Now Blog Details Later today.

Wish me luck with this new blog experiment!!!

SMS Spam Alert: Grace Poe Foundation Spam

It’s been a long time since I got some SMS Spam. So imagine my surprise when I got this one yesterday morning (April 23).


SMS Details:


Congrat’s Ur sim#had won. Php780,000.2nd price.winner.From.”grace poe”FOUNDATION” to claim ur me now..I’m sec.rey v.acosta.Dti#6303s14

So this type of “You just won XXX thousand pesoses, Call me now” sms spam still exists in 2014?

Again dissecting the spam, it contains the usual “big money” promise with the usual spin of using a popular political figure (to gain trust). Now this spam contain the DTI permit number series of 2014. But sorry Miss or Mr. SMS Spammer, I’m not new to this SMS Spamming and scamming world. Why? because I eat spam’s cousin for breakfast :-p .

I am sure that the good senator (Grace Poe) is _NOT_ in anyway connected to this SMS spam. But I am not sure if the supposed foundation (Grace Poe Foundation) do really exists. Honestly, I decided there is no need to contact her Senate office or her PR folks to confirm because my spider sense tells me that this sms is an SMS SPAM.

One surprising information here is “WTH is this Sec. Rey V. Acosta” the guy I need to call to claim my prize. No exact match in my gathered spam intel so this character remains a mystery to me. Another interesting note here is that this is the first (or maybe second) SMS Spam I got this year (Good job to new mobile telco :-D, yah my new telco is the one that does not recycle/reuse old mobile numbers !). The last noteworthy SMS Spam I recall was the Manila Banker SMS Spam which I also featured here at

To my readers and friends, always be wary of SMS spam and scam campaigns as they are still making rounds in the Philippines.