Home Sonic Appliances Using PLDT in Their Deceitful Marketing Scheme

This morning, someone who identified herself as Patricia Aguilar called me through my PLDT

landline number and told me that PLDT is celebrating its 80th or (83rd?) anniversary. Immediately, my mind said “Here’s another marketing scheme.”  The woman didn’t mention Home Sonic in her first statements; she was always talking about PLDT.

Just the other day, someone called me about a FREE health care card from Mastercard, but in the latter part of her spiel, she said I was awarded a 50-percent discount, and that I had to pay ONLY about 6,000 pesos.

Going back to the claimed PLDT promo — I wonder where they get the numbers, and why they know my number is a new subscription. They must be buying these numbers.  I must have put my landline number in a raffle coupon, or an application for something, or a purchase receipt duplicate, or an agent must have made a list.  Cell phone number na nga lang ang isusulat ko sa mga slips kung kelangan — gagasto sila para tawagan ako.

Similar to the spiel of many other marketers, this ‘PLDT’ woman said I was a lucky PLDT subscriber, and that I can claim my rewards from Home Sonic at Metropolis Alabang.  I just need to bring two valid IDs, and my latest PLDT bill.

Of course, most of us know what usually happens when people go to Home Sonic, as told many times over by victims of these schemes. They’re presented with their prizes, but they could not get out of the store with these prizes. They’re pressured to buy costly appliances that are not needed to live. Kelangan ba natin ang massage chair? Ang foot massager? Ang microwave na may radio at orasan? Sa totoo lang, lumalamon ng kuryente ang microwave.

Pero sa galing nilang magsalita, mapapa-believe ka at maiisip mo:

  • Oo nga, kelangan ko ang mga ito.
  • Oo nga, deserve ng family ko ang mga ito.
  • Oo, kawawa naman itong seller na ito, walang kita pag hindi ako bumili.
  • Oo nga, napakamura na nga ito.
  • Oo nga, nakakahiya pag di man lang ako bumili eh may bigay sila sa aking libre.
  • Oo, bibili na ako kasi na-massage na ako nang matagal.
  • Oo, bibilhin ko na kasi kikita naman ako dito pag mabenta ko kay mare/pare.
  • Oo, kasi ang dami na ring bumili, ang daming masaya, ang saya-saya nila.

Shaming or flattering prospective buyers, and making them believe they’re getting the best deals of their lives are techniques that play on human nature, and specifically the respectful, understanding, maawain and gentle nature of many Pinoys.

I would have shamed the Home Sonic ‘PLDT’ caller by telling her how she was deceiving people, but I don’t know why I didn’t.  Siguro nagsawa na ako. O kasi Pinoy nga ako.

Akala ko wala na yong mga ganito. Marami pa rin pala.

Totoo pa rin yong Number 1 sign ng SCAM — TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE. Libre at walang bayad? Bakit? Hindi puedeng walang dahilan.  Malaki daw ang kita? Bakit? There’s a reason.

Legitimate promos are well-publicized. Ang mga promos ng mga Legitimate and Big Companies ay well-advertised. Nasa official websites nila, nasa one-page or half-page ads sa newspapers,at announced by reliable TV personalities.

Nakakapanghinayang na merong mga napapabili in CASH ng 25K to 54K ng mga appliances na later they realize are Not Really Needed.  Surf the Internet; nagkalat ang mga complaints from Home Sonic or Greentop victims.

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  1. goshhhhh this is what happen to me few hours ago home sonic inside the mall here in tarlac,,,,while sitting in their chair mas-sager the girl whose beside me ehhh napatingin sa wallet ko while talking ung hand nya nsa wallet ko,inalais ko nman agad ung kamay nya,,pag uwi ko sa bahay wla na yong pera ko buti nlng pera lng hindi nya nakuha ung mga card! just wondering why??? bakit nasa mall parin sila ? alam ko matagal na sila ehhh

  2. Hi Maam Nors,,,tnx for d reply…..so sad nmn Im trying to send message to the metrotown mall tarlac at gaya ng inaasahan ko no replys…..

  3. AKO NKABILI AKO NG PRODUCTS NLA PERO HND AKO PINILIT…. ANG TINATAWAG NA SCAM YUNG KINUHANAN KA NG PERA TPOS WALA KANG NAUWING PRODUCTS … ITS JUST ONLY A STRTEGY KUNG PNU SLA BUMENTA KUNG MAINTINDIHAN NTIN MARKETING STRATEGY LNG YAN ANDTI MGA PRODUCTS N BINILI KO SAKANLA MGNDA NAMAN TLGA EHH

  4. DONT FALL INTO THIS BOGUS SCAM! PLEASE LANG.

    WAS A VICTIM ALSO BUTI N LANG I HAVE A PRESENCE OF MIND. NABAWI KO CREDIT CARD KO.

    DAMI CLA GAGAWIN PARA MAGFALL K SA TRICK NILA.

    ME SASAYAW SA HARAP MO, MAG CHEER, KAKAMAYAN K EVERY NOW AND THEN TELLING NA YOUR VERY LUCKY KC NANALO KA! #%@$*_!@$*_!

  5. naloko din nila ang dad ko! they told him that what he is getting is really a bargain. even though he only liked the massager. tapus sabi pa everything is worth 55,999 and installment daw for 12 months tru credit card. but when the bill came him, 111,998 pesos! and straight payment pa! they really tricked the old man!

  6. Hi barbs, bawiin nio, lalo na at senior na siya, meron kayong valid case. Merong deceipt. Magdala ka ng kasama nio na matapang at ala-lawyer ang alam at dating, or if you know a helpful lawyer, you can ask help from this lawyer.

  7. So, what you will suggest for those victim? They have written a promissory note that they will pay that amount for a certain period of time. They might use that as evidence to collect the remaining money if the victim decide not to pay. Is it really need to pay that knowing it is indeed a scam? please advise

  8. Hi Jerry, sorry I’m not a lawyer, pero I think if the victim does nothing, the promissory note can be treated as a legal document. Kasi parang tinanggap ng victim na legal yong transaction, na hindi siya na-deceive.
    Dapat bawiin niya ang down payment dahil na-deceive siya, at sabihin niyang isosoli lang niya ang product kapag ibinalik ang down payment niya. Dapat merong mga kasama pag pumunta doon.

  9. ako din nabiktima na din nila ako…HOME SONIC STARMALL EDSA…RECENTLY LANG, Dec.23,2013..hindi ko na maibabalik yung produkto kasi kinabit na ang WATER PURIFIER, sinamahan nila ako sa bahay para sila na mismo ang mag install nun…sabi ko sa kanila kami na ang mag install pilit parin nila ginagawa…siguro inisip nila pag hindi nila ikakabit yun at makapag isip2x na ako at ibabalik ko ang produkto, kaya nila ako sinamahan sa bahay namin mismo…
    Ingat nalang tau next time…lesson learned!!!

  10. someone called me that i won an item..so nagulat ako how did she knew my phone nmber..eh ka install lng nun last saturday..binigay nya yun code nmber n proof n makukuha ko yun gift item..magdala daw ako ng 2 valid id’s..sinabi p ang nme nya myleen..curious ako so i decided to check s gooles,so it’s true scam nga..hindi lng pala s pldt pti s globe nrin..kya buti nlng at nag check ako,,kya pls every one check nyo muna bgo kyo pumnta..par hndi kyo mbiktima ng scam..

  11. may iba poh talagang tao na naninira ng pangaLan ng isang Company…
    bago kayu maniwala sa mga ganyan , , bat d nyu poh muna sguraduhin ng maigi kung tutuo talaga …

  12. We also had a call telling us we had won a prize in a raffle from Globe (just taken new landline with them) & we should collect it at Home Sonic Starmall. After 2 hours there & being told how lucky we were we only had to pay P 60900 for all these FREE prizes & we could use a credit card. Luckily my boyfriend realised it was a scam & said no & we left but it was 2 hours completely wasted. This is a scam & should be stopped. Never ever give your credit card to any company you do not trust as they will steal from you. We were lucky as my boyfriend realised what was happening. Please BEWARE of these tricksters.

  13. Hi Luzviminda, yes, it’s good your bf is smart and strong. It’s sad to know that these people are still operating — this means there are still people being conned. Thanks a lot for commenting.

  14. oo nga ako nadale noong may 25 babalikan ko ng sila imagine binawas nila sa metro bank ko 26 thousan at magbabayad pa ako ng 34,100 dahil kailangan daw cash that time may undergo kami ng seminar ng cursillo pinuntahan ko lang dahil tawag ng tawag saken no cash out tapos nag offer ng katakot takot ng ma ma interes ka kaya ayon dale ang 26, thou ko sa metro bank.

    wala ba kayong magawa dito.

  15. Hi norvina, magreklamo kayo sa management ng mall. Dapat meron kang kasama na matapang na tao o lawyer at dapat mai-prove mo na merong panloloko na nangyari.

  16. 20 minutes ago I received a phone call from this Lian Gonzalez, informing me that our globe number was selected from electronic raffle and I need to claim the product that I Have won @ Homesonic located at Starmall Edsa.
    Though I entertained her call I still have doubts about it since my husband and I hasn’t joined or filled up any raffle entry with globe. We are just a new subscribet of globe like for about 2weeks only so how come they know our number? Only few relatives know our landline number so I thought this is a Scam. Because IT SEEMS MS. LIAN GONZALEZ is guessing information about me and my husband. But I gave her very small details and told her that we are still busy. That’s why its not just PLDT that these Homesonic Scammer is using even globe subscribers, too are also they’re target victims.

  17. I’m glad I found this site. I’m thankful for intuition because I didn’t believe that Homesonic caller. Instead this prompt me to call globe customer service to report to them about that incident with Homesonic because they’re using globe just to make fool of its subscribers.

  18. Hi mitchie, thanks a lot for taking the time to share your experience. It’s great that you outsmarted Homesonic and that you reported them to Globe.

  19. tinawagan din nila ako dahil sa nakukulitan na ako sabi kasi no cash out punta naman kami ng anak ko. ang tagal tagal kong nagantay sa madaling salita pinakilala nila un mga product nila sa akin at dahil anniversary daw nila kaya ako nabunot ang gusto ko lang masiguro ay kung totoo un mga mga item na ibibigay nila sa akin kapag natapos ko ng bayaran un isang item na kinuha ko worth 55900 na babayaran ko ng one year kapagdown na ako ng 20,000 kaya 35900 na lang ang balance ko totoo kaya makukuha ko un ibang item

  20. Hi nene, do you have a receipt and a contract? Does the receipt or contract list those items? If you have those items on the list, then you can demand for them later on. Ask for a receipt or contract before completing your payment. I hope you really need that 55900 item so it would be worth it, or you can make a business out of it.

  21. omg…i just have received a phone call a minute ago from annabelle mendoza telling i have won from their electronic raffle and my landline number was luckily chosen daw providing the claiming code 2014 puz and just bring valid id to claim at home sonic starmall alabang…and because i was not aware with the company i try to google it and search what product they are selling then i have read all your comments and thank you because i will not be one of their victims…thank you also sa internet at nasurf ko itong site nyo…

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