From the Midwest redneck author of "The Rooster Crows at 4am!," "Lizard Poop!," and "The Philippines Expat Advisor"
Conclusion of The Cute Filipina Scammer!
Yesterday's story ended with the revelation that a cute, 19-year-old Filipina requested that I buy her a new laptop for 23,000 pesos, almost 525 USD! As I mentioned in yesterday's article, my Filipina wife and I were considering the possibility of operating an introduction service in the Philippines where interested foreigners would be introduced to Filipinas that would like to meet them. As I also stated, this venture would NOT be a marriage broker service, which is illegal in the Philippines. We could possibly help some ladies from the Philippines meet some guys that we have done background checks on before introducing them to any Filipinas. We also would have checked the backgrounds of the ladies to reduce the possibility of our guys from being scammed.
Thus, whenever my wife and I went shopping to nearby Iloilo City, we would talk to salesgirls at the malls and most of them expressed an interest in meeting foreigners. We then took their names and numbers and told them we would be in touch. The ladies were respectful and polite and were happy we had met them. However, one cute Filipina turned out to be quite the scammer.
I won't say what store the young lady, “Karen” (not her real name), worked at in SM City in Iloilo. I had gone into this particular establishment one day, however, as my wife was in a different part of the mall with our three-year-old niece that she was buying a new outfit for. As I walked into this business and stood looking at some Christmas trees on display, an attractive Filipina started speaking to me. I told the cute Filipina I was married to a beautiful (“maganda”) Filipina, and that many Americans would be interested in meeting Filipinas since Pinays already knew some English, and were sweet and kind ladies (for the most part.) “Karen” said she definitely would like to be introduced to some foreigners, and we exchanged cell phone numbers. She also gave me her email address and asked if I would add her as a Facebook friend.
I told my wife about “Karen”, and she mentioned she had also spoken to a young lady at Watson's Drug Store and had exchanged numbers with her, also. The next day I added “Karen” to my Facebook page and noticed she also participated in a Filipino folk dance group. From the numerous photos of her dance friends, it looked liked an activity she devoted a lot of time to. Later that day I received a text from her thanking me for adding her to Facebook. She mentioned that her computer needed to be replaced, and asked me to buy her a new laptop computer for 23,000 pesos so she could chat with me everyday! I could not believe the boldness of this young Filipina, and immediately sent her a reply that there was ABSOLUTELY NO WAY I was buying her a computer! I deleted her as a Facebook friend after I sent my text.
“Karen” persisted in sending me text messages, and said she was going to be fired from her job. I did not send her any replies, and eventually had to get a sim card with a different phone number for my mobile phone. Fortunately, I have not seen her at SM City since (maybe, she DID get fired.) So please, if you are on online with someone claiming to be a Filipina in need, or if you visit the Philippines, it would be wise to exercise some caution.
My wife and I have since decided to not pursue the introduction service since the problems with “Karen” along with other issues of the legality of such a venture. So what about you? Have you had an unpleasant experience online with a cute Filipina or have you traveled or presently live in the Philippines and encountered such a brazen girl as this “Karen?” If so, please leave me a comment and let me know. I've said before that the vast majority of Filipinas are honest, sweet, trusting ladies. But just like anywhere else in the world you will find scammers. Hope you will share your stories with me. It could help someone else to steer clear of any potential trouble.