Senator Manny Pacquiao warned the netizens to be careful of what they’re sharing.
On Tuesday, the new WBA Welterweight Champion debunked the social media post claiming that he made a raffle on Facebook for his supporters.
“Nakarating sa aking kaalaman na may mga kumakalat na balita sa social media na ako ay mamimigay ng mga premyo bilang balato dahil sa aking pagkaka panalo. Nais ko pong ipaalam sa lahat na walang katotohanan ang mga ito,” Pacquiao swaid in his statement.
One fake Facebook page claiming to be Senator Manny Pacquiao posted that they’re going to give house or car to 60 people and they would automatically join the raffle if the netizens are going to like the said fan page and comment “Congrats.”
Example of “Manny Pacquiao’ Facebook scam.
The scam went viral two days ago after the Senator won against Lucas Matthysse.
One Facebook page already got 310,000 likes using this scheme, while two other pages reached 150,000 by tricking people.
Examples of Facebook pages that used the scheme,
The fake Facebook page of Sen. Pacquiao which already gained 310,000 likes already deleted the raffle and now posting photos of Pacman.
It seems that the fake Facebook page is earning money by plugging the website viralnational.com.
When we tried to dig deeper, we discovered that a certain John Light Claro from Cebu City owns viralnational.com.
We used the whois search to know some of the information about the owner of the said website.
Whois search results of viralnational.com
It seems that the owner of the fake Sen. Pacquiao’s page is not yet done with scamming people.
Two hours ago, said Facebook page shared another raffle from a Facebook page called “Philippines Charity Foundation” promising appliances to the netizens who will join the “raffle” again.
Philippines Charity Foundation is using the logo of Team Pacquiao.
We are trying to get the side of Mr. Claro if he’s really involved in the Manny Pacquiao scam.
Meanwhile, several netizens who realized that the said Facebook posts are the scam, they started to warn other people and urged them to report the page.
“Not an official page,” Netizen Joseph Nalam Lejano posted.
“Imbes na i like nyo report nyo nalang fake page nga.. Bukas makalawa iba naman pangalan ng page na to para makarami lang ng likes ginagamit pangalan ni Sen. Manny Pacquiao,” Netizen Rexwar Jawad Tawas remarked.
It’s not yet known if the Senator is going to file a case against the people who are using his name to scam people.