Inside Page | Fernan A. Gianan:

For Nov 16

The other week, my Messenger had the “Ikaw ba yan sa video?” message sent to me by a friend.

I did not open the message or its link (, fearing that it could harbor a computer virus or something.

Last week, the PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group (PNP-ACG) reported that it received more than 100 cases of the “Ikaw ba ang nasa video” message scam in the past week.

It said that when the link is clicked, the Facebook messenger would be “reset” and a username and password would then be required anew.

The PNP-ACG said there were instances wherein the Facebook messenger account would be “automatically captured.” The accounts were then used by the scammers to message the Facebook friends of possible victims to ask for money.

Local netizens, be warned…


The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in Bicol recently warned the public against investing in unregistered investment companies or agents, saying investors in such companies or agents would not be able to recoup their investments.

The warning came with advice to investors to be keenly examine a company’s legality and be wary of unrealistic returns presented by some investment agents.

It asked the public to report such scams to their office through email via and and through phone numbers 09959442701 and 0929881917.

Last year, in the midst of the investment spree by local residents in the Complan scheme promoted through Facebook, this writer sent an alert through email to this same SEC office in Legazpi City, hoping that it would take appropriate action, investigate the matter and issue a warning to the Catanduanes public.

Someone replied via email and duly noted the information provided on the then ongoing scam.

But no advisory was issued by the SEC at the time and even after the scam had already been exposed and its mastermind fled to the mainland with their loot.



ADOPTED SON. George came home from University in tears. “Mom, am I adopted?”

“No of course not!”, replied his mother. “Why would you think such a thing?”

George showed her his genealogy DNA test results. No match for any of his relatives, and strong matches for a family who lived on the other side of the city.

Perturbed, his mother called her husband. “Honey, George has done a DNA test, and… and… I don’t know how to say this… he may not be our son.”

“Well, obviously!” he replied.

“What do you mean?” she asked.

“It was your idea in the first place” her husband said. “You remember, that first night in hospital when the baby did nothing but scream and cry and scream and cry. On and on. And you asked me to change him.” “I picked a good one I reckon. Ever so proud of George.”

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