ZAMBOANGA CITY: Authorities have warned traders, especially those selling online, to be wary in transacting business with people offering social media services after a small company here fell victim to this modus operandi.
The company, which sells fried mushrooms and other food products, said it was duped into buying “Facebook likes/followers” offered by Lexia Page Selling (https://www.facebook.com/LexiaBoosting) to boost its social media page.
Lexia charged the company P1,500 for every 5,000 Facebook page likes/followers, mostly Vietnamese, with an assurance that any drop in likes/followers would be replaced or refilled.
But the company said it noticed a significant drop in the number of likes/followers on its Facebook page since last year, and Lexia kept promising to refill lost likes/followers. Lexia also stopped communicating with the company, although it continues to accept new customers on its Facebook page.
The company said it paid at least P60,000 to Lexia to boost its Facebook page. The payments were made to the following people through their GCash accounts: Josephine Manzano, 0946-6368468; Lester Gazmin, 0938-2637683; Leticia Gazmin, 0921-7311024 and Ester Gazmin 0938-2637683.
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Lexia also failed to issue official receipts for payments it received.
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has urged the public to be wary of transacting business online. “This is a clear case of an online scam and cyberscam. The public should be wary of dealing with online stores or shops. They (scammers) hide behind the cloak of anonymity, they are hard to detect unlike the brick-and-mortar shops,” said Gyver Amazon of the DTI’s Consumer Protection Division.
Aside from Lexia, dozens of other online pages are also offering similar services.