After the Department of Transporation (DOTr) announced that they’re going to require commuters to wear face shield starting August 15, some online sellers saw it as a business opportunity.
Yesterday, social media became full of online sellers looking and offering face shields.
Some of them are even ready to shell out 10,000,000-20,000,000 pesos just to buy millions of face shields online.
However, some people who only wanted to earn money by looking for the cheapest face shields available in the market were victimized by online scammers.
Netizen Zoralliane Cuenca shared that one of her friends got victimized by an online scammer selling face shields for 19 pesos per piece.
According to the conversation shared by the netizen, her friend paid 200,000 pesos as a downpayment for 500,000 pieces of the face shield.
However, no face shield arrived and now they’re planning to trace the scammer.
Her friend is only one of the thirteen people who reported the said online scammer to the police station after paying the said amount.
There was also a chain post circulating on social media that warned online sellers not to believe the big-time buyers of face shields.
According to the post, some sellers of face shields are trying to convince the netizens that the supply of the said items are already running low because of its high demand.
However, the author of the post questioned why the big-time buyers or face shields are looking for supplies online instead of directing to suppliers.
Another netizen Rica Reyes Molina also shared another incident of face shield scam.
You can read the post below:
“Babala at Opinyon”
“Masyadong high demand ang Heng de Face shield ngayon. Mapapansin nyo 200k, 2M, 500k pieces. Seryoso?”
“Sa mga nais magbenta ng face shield alamin nyo po ang Law of Demand and Supply. Kapag mataas ang supply mababa ang demand, at kapag mataas ang demand mababa naman ang supply.”
“Halimbawa, bumili ka ng 200k pieces kuno ng face shield 25 each that’s 5M pesos puhunan at ibebenta mo ng 35 each. Then apply the Law of Demand and Supply madami ang supply at may kayang magbigay ng 25 per pieces at un na ung puhunan mo talo kana agad.”
“Nangyari to sa disposable face mask. 250 pesos per box 50 pieces ang laman. At dumami ang supply ngayon 125 per box nalang. Paano naman yung nakabili sa 200 na puhunan lugi na agad.”
“Sa online selling parang bidding. Mas affordable mas mabili.”
“At sa mga seller BEWARE sa mga nagtatanong ng 200k, 2M, 500K pieces. Mataas ang possibility na scam un. 200k x 25 = 5Million pesos. Kung ikaw may puhunan na 5M bakit di ka nalang dumirekta sa supplier mismo.”
“Again “PERA NYO PO YAN” isa lang po akong nagmamalasakit at nagpapaalala na kabarangay nyo.”
Experts already warned the netizens to be careful of doing transactions on social media.