Anyhow, LBC is asking us to file a report, it means we have to relive this horrendous experience, oh well. Aissh! I am beyond furious!
Here goes…So my hubby, who just started online shopping, I guess he sort of has developing confidence with online shopping considering Lazada does deliver, and the return policy is easy peasy as well. He found a Canon Camera in OLX. He said this is a steal! A bit too good to be true but possible considering how buy and sell works in Green Hills, that should alarm us, so we make sure we were covered! When he asked supposed Ian and Micah Jane Cortez and cousin JIODIE/JOIDIE C. BALDOMAR of Sta. Cruz, Marinduque, the reason for selling is because of medical emergency. They linked us to their FB account (Micah Jane-Ian Cortez), befriended, showing the actual photos of the product, more B**S*** on how this was a gift, and they are uber religious lalalala. Anyhow, to cut to the hullabaloo, they asked my husband to show proof of payment,we went to two LBC branches, first in Marquee Mall, and second in Green Hills, we got the assurance on two most important factors. First, we (the sender) can get the deposit or remittance less service charge, fair enough, and most importantly, the intended recipient (possible scammer) will only get it when he has the tracking number. We were assured at both branches. In fact, staff at LBC nicely showed us how to document the photo, sending it to the scammer, without the tracking number. Fool us, scammer Jiodie sent us same tracking number that shows that the package was shipped out. I’m naturally a skeptic, so I told my husband, we can receive all kinds of stuff, but we are relying on LBC’s assurance, no tracking number, no remittance payout. So we cautiously obliged. They were super insistent, suspiciously nice folks, all the more we thought we will hold on to the tracking number until we get the package.
I mentioned that they similarly sent us a tracking number of the shipment, at least a portion it, I was initially suspicious because they could have easily sent the whole thing that details the shipment and insurance cost, but again we are under the assurance of No LBC Tracking Number, No payout…the f***. They also sent a screenshot of LBC tracking site that details the content, only to realize now that this was photoshopped big time, because in fact, the declared content is a … I questioned LBC because I know how strict they are in accepting items for shipping. Only yes, I mentioned the screenshot was photoshopped.
Voila! Goodness gracious….in the CD are Religious Songs! Please!!!
|Sad. Sad. Sad. Disappointed big time.|
We were ready to rush to LBC to cash out. But we tracked it. Lo and behold. Tadaa!
Hmmm, scammers should not get away with it if LBC has its measures in place. We called the customer service, it was validated that for transaction over a certain amount, definitely over Php 5000, tracking number is a must. Except that both were paid via Palawan Express, which is LBC’s remittance partner. Apparently, they have no safety measures in place. I don’t care!!! I wonder if Palawan Express got a valid ID. For a P30K plus transaction, we assumed that LBC and its partners have stricter measures in place, think of a credit card that validates unusual transactions and requires validation (thank you, Union Bank!), but I guess they don’t have it. LBC should be liable for their remittance partners’ mishaps. Either the people in Palawan Express were swayed by the scammer/s, or somebody from that specific branch, which cannot be identified as of yet, is in connivance and part of the vicious modus.
Don’t get me wrong, I am beyond repair hating the scammers, but what can we do?! We made sure we were protected, we took LBC’s word for the tracking number guarantee. Is it even a valid name, or a real personality that claimed the money, we don’t know. But I sure hope LBC required valid IDs. Hence, we can actually pursue a case against that person.
We know the risk in OLX, of course, but we made sure we mitigated it. With COD and meet up not an option, the LBC payment guarantee sort of is a good arrangement both for the seller and buyer. Well sort of, assuming that you are buying and/or selling in good faith. How sad, scammers will try, and hah, it seems, it’s that easy.
Dear LBC, you do not want to miss out on the booming e-commerce as a reliable online shopping partner. Make the tracking numbers count! Sadly, I would hate for you to be one of the institution that harbors scammers and criminals. Please, please, LBC, do not fail us!
I shall keep you posted. Please learn from this mishap. We plan to file a police report and perhaps to NBI (?) too. Please pray for us. This is a money that we worked so very hard.
Look, how un-repenting, they are seriously fraudulent professional scammers. They are back! I found time to report them to OLX today.
|#OLXScammers beware of Ian and MJ Cortez|