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Scam Alert: Fake Typhoon Victims Are Reportedly Asking for Cash Donations

Be careful when you send money out.
Scam Alert: Fake Typhoon Victims Are Reportedly Asking for Cash Donations Be careful when you send money out.

There’s no shortage of people willing to help the victims of the most recent typhoons. Time and again, Filipinos have dug deep and offered assistance to those hardest hit by the natural disasters not just in the form of relief goods, but through their time by volunteering and, especially, through monetary donations. It’s concrete proof that generosity knows no bounds.

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But what happens when this generosity is abused and are taken advantage of by the truly heinous and heartless?

As social media becomes inundated by countless relief and donation drives by well-meaning individuals, reports have surfaced of people pretending to be typhoon victims and asking for cash donations. Because of how easy it is to send money electronically through digital wallets like GCash or Paymaya, these bogus “victims” have found it easy to dupe people into sending them money instantly.

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Social media users have been posting screenshots of their interactions with these scammers. After the person has sent money digitally, some scammers even send messages taunting the giver and mocking them for being so gullible.

This Twitter user said she had a similar experience and posted screenshots of her conversation with a person asking for help. Later the user posted that the issue had already been “settled” and that she got her money back.

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A Twitter user started a thread of alleged donation scams.

This user has practical advice for people who want to help those who genuinely need it:

If you want to help but don't know where or how, click here. And of course, there’s always the Philippine Red Cross.


This story originally appeared on Esquiremag.ph.

* Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.

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