Pacete: As I see it

INTERNET investment of chance?

My “amigo” received a letter (via internet) that there is this “Princess of Somalia” whose father was ousted by the rebels. Her father was tortured and killed. This “princess” went into hiding with “millions of dollars” left behind by her father. That could be the end of story… but not really.

This “princess” who befriended my “amigo” would want him to keep her millions. She would want to deposit a bigger amount using the bank account of my “amigo.”

At first, my “amigo” was excited because after that “deposit” the princess will visit him here in Silay to get the “deposit” but there will be “reward” for my friend.

The “Somalian Princess” sent her picture to my amigo (via internet). A week after, she informed my “amigo” to send her 50 dollars because she could not withdraw money in Somalia. The political party against her father is “monitoring closely” her possible moves. She needed the money to process some papers for easy transfer of her “millions” from her account to my “amigo’s” account.

There was excitement and hesitation on the part of my friend. Over a cup of coffee he told me everything. I told him that the storytelling is not very convincing. We worked it out with our friends who provided us the information. There is no such “princess” in Somalia.

This story reminds me of an “allegation” that there are persons who were “invited” to attend a “social interaction” and there, a “resource person” talked about “double-your-money-investment” facilitated by a country with “First World Economy.” The interaction is about helping the poor Filipinos. To be enrolled in this “Internet-Double-Your-Money” investment, one should have an initial deposit of at least P25,000. (The “poorest of the poor” does not have this amount for the enrollment fee.)
The “enrollment fee” will be sent to a bank account but the owner is not identified. The “depositor” will not receive an acknowledgment receipt and will not be provided some kind of a “bankbook” or a certificate for the “shares of capital.” The enrollees who are now members of the “firm” will monitor the growth of their money in the internet.

Time will come that they will “harvest” thousands of pesos but members are encouraged to deposit “some more” to have “much more.” During that gathering for those “who have been invited,” an old member gave testimony that the “harvest” is good. This fellow owns a brand new car now. That could be exciting and convincing (another allegation).

If this is legal, lawful, legitimate, rightful, judicial or constitutional, how come that the alleged initiators are simply saying, “Put zipper in your mouth and don’t talk about it in public.” It reminds me of the Klux Klux clan. Just do it but don’t say anything about it.

If this is above board, then we have to make it public. We will campaign for the benefit of the “poorest of the poor” and not just for teachers, employees, and OFWs. We want to know also if this country belonging to the “First World Economy” has been officially recognized by President Rodrigo Duterte as a participant in his poverty alleviation program.

If the “firm” helps the poor, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes should have knowledge of this. We would like to encourage also our friends from tri-media (TV, radio and print) to look into this. They could help identify the members and interview them on these “blessings.” Our social media could also help facilitate.

If this is above board, then our media could feature the recipients, identify the “persons” who take charge of “inviting” others, the resource persons who do the “business talk” during the gathering, the officials and the members of the board…and last but not the least, the name of the ORGANIZATION that facilitates the “double-your-money.”

If the allegation could be true that this is charlatan, forgery, fraud, hoax, phoney or false… then heads will roll. The Philippine National Police and the National Bureau of Investigation are verifying this after they have received complaints from the “enrollees” who have not received what could have been received. It is alleged also that the contact persons are “hibernating,” “lying dormant,” “remaining torpid” or simply “vegetating.” Media men Rommel Pido and Ed Gumban talked about it in their program one early morning over DYAF.

If someone wants to prove that what I am saying is “fake news,” present your facts. We do not mention any name of person or the name of the organization. This is an allegation, an assertion, an asseveration, but someone can always come out to the open and shout, “We are the firm!” Our game is legitimate and we have legal papers.” Prove that you are not the “Princess of Somalia!”
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