Netizen narrates how friend almost gave in to #DeathThreatScam

MANILA, Philippines – A Facebook user’s post went viral recently after narrating how his friend almost bought into the newest con today, the death threat scam.

Netizen narrates how friend almost gave in to #DeathThreatScam

On Tuesday, September 27, netizen “Peach Lopez” shared on Facebook his friend’s experience after getting a series of texts from an unknown number telling Lopez’s friend that the person behind the number is a hired killer and was tasked to eliminate her.

"Hello, ako po ay tumawag dahil napag-utusan po ako na patayin ka, ngunit nag iba po ang isip ng kausap ko at pinadadamay na nya buong pamilya mo. Kaya ako tumatawag sayo kasi andyan na mga tao ko sa paligid mo." (Hello, I called because I was ordered to kill you. But the person behind this changed his/her mind and now he/she wants your whole family dead too.), Lopez wrote claiming that this is the scammer’s usual spiel.
Peach Lopez Facebook post scam

Lopez in the post narrated that his friend called him one day, asking if he knew someone who could help her. After narrating, Lopez laughed it off thinking it was just his friend being a funny person she is. He then noticed that this friend of his is seriously scared.

She then told the whole story to Lopez whom in turn figured out that the death threats were obviously an all-out scam. But to assure her, he gave his cousin’s number whom turned her case over to his cousin’s friend from the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI)

“These people will continuously harass you and tell you that they will kill you and your family. And then they will say that naaawa sila sayo kaya hihingi na lang silang pera para pamasahe ng mga tao nya palayo para pag nalaman ng kliyente na hndi nila pinatay, malayo na sila. They will also ask a specific amount ranging from P20, 000 - P100,000 depending on your gullibility and intensity of fear. Then they will ask you to send it to Palawan Express. They will also establish more "proof" that they're authentic by telling you your name and the street you're at or the street where you work or live. And I think it's most probably they get these details from your online breadcrumbs or if they have a certain gadget. I don't know, they get sophisticated every time,” Lopez narrated in the post.

Lopez revealed that his friend almost payed the scammers but after a few questions more, she finally believe Lopez’s claims that it was indeed a scam.

He advised her to report it to the nearest police station and seek help to his cousin’s friend from the NBI whom specializes in tracking scammers.

Lopez also attached photos of the text his friend received. He also gave a few quick tips to know and avoid this con.


1. Never ever expose your password.
2. Always log out on all your online accounts.
3. Never ever put online your personal details unless the site is reputable and heavy in security.” He wrote.

Lopez’s post went viral with almost 3,000 likes and was shared over 12,000 times alerting netizens as the #deaththreatscame as said by Lopez, “feeds on your fears.”

--Mae Tuazon, The Summit Express

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