Gabriel Tolentino: A Filipino expat who won SR 200,000 scam lottery

Scam calls, emails, and messages are very common these days. Scam calls and messages make people fall for the bait. The calls and messages often tell people that they have won a plentiful amount via an involuntary lucky-draw. As they are offering a handsome amount, most of the people fall for it.[irp]

These scam callers often ask for the bank account number so that they can transfer the amount won to your bank account. However, never fall for it as they will be using for an account number to withdraw money from it. A recent incident revealed by a Filipino expat living in Saudi Arabia is quite interesting.

The expat name is Gabriel Tolentino and he is a Filipino national. He received a call from a local telephone number. The person on the other end congratulated him for winning an amount of SR 200,000.

The person told Tolentino that he must provide him with his bank account number so that they can transfer the won amount to his account. Tolentino was hesitant upon it, he sensed something fishy. The caller then asked him to first transfer a nominal fee to the account of the caller.

This made Tolentino confirmed that it was a scam call. He readily asked the caller to either transfer the won amount first and then he shall be transferring the fees or cut down the fee from the won amount and transfer the remaining to his account.

The caller had no answer for it and neither knew how to respond so he hung up the phone. Surely it was a scam! Well guys, be wise and careful. Don’t fall for such baits, these people are equipped with techniques to fool others.

They will never transfer you any money yet you will be the one transferring them the money. If Gabriel can receive a scam call, so can you. The expat has been wise and by sharing his story he is acting as a responsible citizen.

He has made us all alarmed. He has even shared the number from which he got the call. The number disclosed by Gabriel Tolentino from which he got a scam call is 0571767907. You can even get an email or a message claiming that you have won money. Never fall for them either. Tell your fellows as well so that they don’t get fooled at the hands of others.

Police in the Eastern Province arrested 16 Asian nationals for allegedly organizing a scam to cheat people. The gang organized a fake prize competition and convinced the gullible that they have won a prize.

The prize “recipients” were then asked to transfer a certain amount in the account of the bank in order to collect the prize. The gang's activities were monitored for some time and when their crime was established the gang members were arrested. The gang members have been transferred to the public prosecution for more investigation