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  1. Hey. I was thinking about how I helped id a scammer for a friend. He was chatting to some scammer from South Africa and sending her money. It was nice to be able to put a stop to it so I thought I'd share the technique for anyone here to do some basic due dilligence. I downloaded 'her' photo to my computer, then uploaded it to Google images. It showed the same photo had been used for another profile in the US. The scammer had stolen it. It's a pretty common technique, so this should be the first thing everyone who is looking online should check. I agree with everyone who will say t
  2. A pity-evoking scam: a beggar approaches you and shows you a gaping wound filled with pus. He tells you that he needs tetanus shots, but can't afford them. You buy him the shots and offer to take him to a doctor, too. By then, he disappears. Then, he goes back to the pharmacy and gets a refund. More  Bait and switch: You are met by hotel reps at the ( bus/train/boat/ air-)station. They tell you that the rates are so much and show you brochures. Then, they take you to the hotel and ask you to pay the fare. You pay and they go. Now, the front desk tell you that there's no such rate and
  3. Okay, I have just spent a week in Manila and as usual where possible I do use Jeepnys on odd occasions and today was no exception. I was travelling back from Market Market to Makati and was sitting right up behind the driver. There was a pinoy sitting opposite me giving me the eye. I was initially thinking he may fancy me but I knew he wasn’t when another two got on and sat right up against me. This was in spite of the fact that there as plenty of room. The guy next to me has a bag on his lap and his hands were underneath the bag. Strange me thinks, perhaps he his quietly enjoying himself.
  4. Philippines arrests 44 from China, Taiwan in Internet fraud Forty-two Taiwanese and two Chinese suspects have been arrested in the Philippines over a sophisticated Internet scam targeting compatriots back home, police said Thursday. The suspects -- who posed as police officers, prosecutors, judges and anti-money laundering officials -- cheated people from Taiwan and China out of their money by claiming they could safeguard their cash, a police statement said. The scammers would allegedly convince their victims that their bank accounts were being used for money-laundering and that t
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