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. hala ganyan din nangyari skin ngaun..may babaeng tumawag skin nagpakilalang c Evelyn Palma ang sabi nanalo daw ang landline globe nmin sa eletronics raffle nila.ang sabi isa daw ang no. nmin sa mapalad na nabunot.nagbigay cya ng claiming code at claim ko ung prize ko sa michikawa olivares,magdala lng daw ng valid id,at maclaim ko ung prize ko na electronics gadgets or health advantage.wala daw babayaran.tas tinanong ako kng wat name ko,kaya natunugan ko na parang may something..kaya un nagsearch ako agad..tnx God.buti na lng nakita ko ung page nato at mga comments nyo.

  2. Helo po..ung kabayan account q po almost a year n hindi nadeposituhan taz ngaun po balak q xa gmitin niregstr q po xa s ebanking ng bdo taz inactivate q po xa using my kabayan atm taz diretso balance inquiry n po taz nkpg inquire nmn po aq 20pesos mhigit po ang remaining balance..taz nung nagtry n po aq mgcheck s ebanking ang sinasabi po inactive account dw po..patulong nmn po..nkpg balance inquiry nmn po aq..slmt po sna po mtulungan nyu po aq..

  3. ok same here, a while ago, a woman called me and introduced herself as from pldt and told me I won. She asked me if someone has already called me about my prize from pldft. for others’ sake, she said she was nikki dela cruz [not real name] control number e0185c [ that’s not your code ] that’s code for nikki dela cruz so the sales man will know who called

  4. (We translated to comply with certain blog policies) It’s ok I experienced this. I went to where they told me to go. I was given ehappy card with 2 yrs free cable worth 7,000+. Then they had me pick a lottery, as it’s their anniversary. I got 2k but you can use it only with them when you buy their product or item worth 61,000+ plus 5 items free, 100,000+ in total, if you avail of the 61k product + 2 item, paying in cash on that day. abigail lorente is the name of the supervisor who assisted me at home sonic star mall, edsa. so I got the # of the one who assisted me because I triled to call ehappy card but can’t use it even if I follow the procedures. the shows there are all chinese. so the ehappy card was useless. the no. is out of coverage area. HOME SONIC STAR MALL BRANCH, no wonder your place there is hard to find. you need to ask the guard where home sonic is.

  5. GOOD DAY sa lahat, gusto ko lang po makatulong at gusto ko din maisara na tong kompanya na pag aari ng foreigner, dito sila nagpapayaman satin gamit ang ganitong pamamaraan ng pagbebenta na kung saan kalokohan o panloloko ng mga tao, sa mga gusto po mabawi ang pera nyo punta po kayo sa D.T.I. main office cgurado po maibabalik ang pera nyo,

  6. too late ng nabasa ko ito. i was also a victim just yesterday when i went to strarmall with my son……

  7. Last night galing kami ng misis ko ng Batangas, dumaan kami ng STARMALL Alabang for some personal necessities sinalubong ako ng isang PROMO DIZER ng Home Sonic, Anniversary daw kc nila kaya meron sila pa raffle, “congratz nakakuha ako ng 2,000 gift certificate. + daming items massage chairs, energy cooker at marami pa… kaso nag pina ka gusto ko lang doon na item is multi rice cooker worth ng 5,900. kaso ininipilit nila sa akin ang enery server na lutuan, worth nang 86,900. less daw yong 2,000 gift certificate bali 84,900 nalang gusto nila magbayad ako ng 22k at a time para maiuwi ko kung energy cook server. wala nga po ako ganun kalaking halaga. until we end the point na kahit 5k nalang daw. para matapus na ang usapan at ma closed na ang deal. binigyan ko ng 5k at dala ko na yong multi rice cooker ayaw pa nga sana nila ipadala kc ang binibigay yong massager ng hair na worth 9,900. sabi ko di bali nalang na yong multi purpose rice cooker kasi kami naman ni misis dalawa ang makinabang. sa mga makabasa sa page na ito. bago mag decision, sana pag isipan ng maraming beses. na kung meron mag offer ng mga product be sure na makapakinabangan. hinde yong pagakgtapus mong mabili saka mo pa lang maisipan na di pala primary needs. THANK YOU

  8. Hi arman, thanks a lot for taking the time to share your experience. Yes, you’re right, we should be wiser in dealing with shrewd and wily salespeople.

  9. The same with me, someone called and was told it was the anniversary of home sonic. I was advised to collect my gift. I told them I don’t remember any transaction with them. I asked them if it’s “magic” that they’ll just give me a gift without any money involved? good I first researched on the internet.

  10. Hi alice, thanks for sharing your experience. Great that you made a wise decision and that you researched.

  11. Buti na lang nag-search aq after tumawag nung babae from PLDT daw xa. Her name is SIA SALVADOR, anytime daw pwede ko i-claim ung prize q basta punta lang aq sa Starmall.. she gave me this claiming code 2015BERT..haha..bwisit na yun..papagudin pa pala aq kung sakaling pupunta aq dun. 832-0011 yan daw tawagan q kapag nagka-problema aq when claiming my prize..

  12. hey Guyz, same with me a certain Darlene Lopez called me, and surprisingly told me that i was one of the 20 lucky Pldt subscriber won thru electronic raffle made, they said i won a 2 years free internet card, and all I have to do to needed to claim that prize is to bring one valid ID and visit their redemption center located in Starmall Crossing the Homesonic… good that I research on the internet before become one of the Victim of their SCAM… Thanks for this Awareness!

  13. me tumawag sakin ngayun lng, nanalo daw ako sa e-raffle ng PLDT last sat, 05/28, prices can be as low as from TV card worth of P7,100 or can be as big as home theater, punta na lng daw ako to know my price, at binigyan pa ako ng control no. 0389MC claim my price daw sa Star Mall EDSA, Home Sonic Claiming center. Una natuwa ako, lahat naman siguro pero, i was like doubting afterwards, baka scam. tumawag ako sa PLDT, wala daw ganun. kung meron man sa PLDT business office ako papupuntahin at my notes sa account ko. So beware to this scammers!!!

  14. Hi mari, it’s good that you called PLDT first. That’s being wise and smart. Thank you very much for sharing your experience.

  15. pasensya na kau pero nagwowork ako dyan dati…ung AOWA is another company which is iba na name ngaun… then ung perfect health at homesonic at arysta ay iisa lang… maliit lang sahod dyan at pipilitin ka makabenta kahit sa maling paraan… ang may ari nyan ay limang chinese..isa dyan ay si David Baula bingot ata un, then may isa pang david… over priced mga items dyan kasi may commission ung dealer na nag abot ng flyers, ung manager at supervisor ng store, ung manager ng region, at iba pa… basta madaming nangongomisyon dyan… lahat ng empleyado dyan ay mga skwater kaya nagtitiis..ako umalis nko kasi hindi ko na kaya mga pinapagawa samin ng mga gagong yan… at hindi din nakakatulong ung work experience na yan kasi sirang sira na sila… ayun… basta kapag may nag abot sa inyo ng flyers tapos nanalo kayo kuno pero may dapat kaung bilhin…asahan nyo either perfect health, homesonic,aowa,HOFFMAN, Hilton, o arysta lang yan… iniiba lang nila pangalan pero iisa lang strategy nyan…. 2005 ako nagwork dito so ang tagal na ng kalokohan nila noh…

  16. Someone called us, told us she was Nikki dela Cruz of pldt and that my husband won a raffle of pldt. my cousin was the one who answered and she said the name of my husband. Will my husband be scammed? Please help so my husband won’t be scammed

  17. Hi Rosalie, tell your husband that if he happens to answer a phone call or text from Home Sonic or other marketers to not go to their store and claim any prize. You or your husband will not be scammed if you don’t go to their store and buy a product from them, even if they know your husband’s name. Their strategy is just to sell their products which are priced multiple times the real price.

  18. my tumawag din smin .. same din po ng scenario knina.. then tinanung name ko and binigay ko nmn tpos pti age ko.e 23 pako dpt dw 28 yrs old. dun plng nag icp nako. dun p nmn nagwwork kptid ko mlpit s starmall pnapachek ko kung totoo.then sinerch ko dto. Buti nlng my thread dto. thanks.

  19. Hi Marvin, nasabi mo ang pangalan mo over phone? Walang mangyayari. Basta never ka na lang pumunta doon baka mapabili ka pa ng expensive products. Sabihan mo rin ang family mo na huwag nilang i-entertain ang sinumang tatawag, kasi baka tatawag sa mother mo at i-mention ang name mo, at iisipin ng mother mo na kakilala mo.

  20. Ako din nabiktima kahapun lang,,, promo daw nila kaya na isipa kong subukan, as in magaling talaga sila kumuha ng sympathy mo, na papasaya ka nila, but after ward doon ka mapapa isip na di mo pala kailangan pang bilhin yung ena alok sayu, ang tanong kolang mga kababayan, wala bang nag file ng kaso para sa kanila,? Kasi mas marami pang mga pilipino ang ma bibiktima nila, at mas kawawa pa yung mabiktima na sapilitan lang,

  21. May tumawag din smen pldt landline nanalo daw kami sa home sonic, 20winners lang dae at kasama kami don., buti na lang naisipan ko mag search kasi napalabo naman na manalo kami e bago lang landline namin,tsk tsk may code pang binigay ROS2016
    Name nya daw ay Carla Gonzales
    At telephone no. 8741861
    Grabe tlga makakalusot gagawa tlga paraan tsk tsk

  22. Hi Siel, you’re smart for researching first. That’s the way to go. Ito namang mall, ine-extend pa ang rental contract nitong merchant, samantalang marami nang nagrereklamo about their deceitful marketing practices. Thanks for sharing your experience.

  23. Buti na lang nagresearch muna aq before nagtiwala. Thanks guys sa mga posts niyo. It really helps a lot lalo na sa mga bagong biktima nila.

  24. thank you for warning us. kakatawag lang nung Ivy Gonzales. so niresearch muna namin ng mother ko kung totoo ba o scam lang. tama nga yung hsinala ko.

  25. Hi bel, thanks for sharing your experience and for appreciating our blogpost. It’s good that you researched first. That’s being wise.

  26. hi… kahapon bandang lunch may tumawag at nanalo nga daw landline ko sa e-raffle then tinanong ko dahil wala ako natatandaan na sinalihan.. eto daw ay random at dahil anniversary nga daw.. so sa tamis at bulaklak ng pananalita ng kausap ko e napa-oo ako na sige kukunin ko yung gift na internet card worth 7k, footmassager at quickstand daw for any gadgets.. then binigyan ako ref. code at kung san sa starmall edza makukuha yung prize.. plano ko talaga puntahan dahil sabi pa e 2 days lang ang deadline, so matutulog na sana ako pero ewan ko at bigla ko naisip na i-search ang home sonic at dumating nga ako sa mga site na may reviews about them at maraming salamat at di nga nagkamali ang hinala ko na isa itong scam.. within october to nov. sunud sunod ang mga scam at yung last e yung from pampangas best naman sila at offering sila free freezer para sa products na bibilin mo.. kaya ingat din sa mga ganun… thanks ulit..

  27. Hi Marius, thanks a lot for sharing. Oo nga marami pa rin ang mga nanloloko. So sad. You’re smart because you researched first. Thanks again.

  28. Hi, too late to have read this blog and other blogs regarding the scams. I was victimized last Nov. 16, 2016 at Michikawa Enterprices (paraho modus nya sa Ihome, Homesonic, PLDT calls to claim free gifts etc….)in Robinsons’ Mall in Balagtas, Bulacan. I swiped a P77k worth of 8 items which I thought was a bargain (P300k daw total at regular price). 3 staff even went home with me in Pasig to install the items (massage chair, induction cooker, slim fit exerciser, scale, and cutlery set all claimed to be Optimum brands made in Japan). There was multiple deceit on the information they have given me. I thought It was a bargain, but realized that I have brought expensive items from them. One (1) item was not working so that I was trying to locate their service center here in Makati (which they claim they have) and landed to this scam blogs. Now, because of deceipt, I would like to return them and reverse the swiped charges to my credit card. What do I have to do so that this scenario can help stop the scammers and reverse the credit charges. Thank you

  29. thanx god for searching this site before i told my sister to go in homesonic said,,,pls. be aware always guys!!!

  30. Hi Fernando, so sad that these merchants are still operating. And so sad that malls are accepting them as tenants despite complaints from customers. You can complain to the mall administrator. Bring price quotes for the same goods from other stores or online stores like Lazada, Abenson, etc., showing the huge difference between prices, the item not working, and the non-existence of the repair shop. That’s what I appreciate with Festival Mall — it has driven away all tenants operating like PPLIC, HomeSonic, pirated DVD sellers, etc.
    You can also read your credit card’s agreement terms and conditions and see if there’s something there about returns/refunds/dispute with merchants. Owners of USA-issued credit cards have options to cancel purchases, if there are valid reasons, but I think in the Philippines, sadly we don’t have these, as proven by the big number of complaints from people whose cards have been swiped by PPLIC and other sellers in malls. I remember the story by a foreigner who was also enticed to purchase at HomeSonic Starmall Shaw Blvd. DTI also encourages the reporting of consumer complaints, but I’m not sure how far they really help. Here’s the DTI complaint info and form. Scroll down the page.

  31. Kanina lang may tumawag sa akin around 2:51pm with a telephone no, 834-7329 a certain person named Katherine David informed me na nanalo daw ako kasi sa NTC anniversary and our landline was one who won , not only in PLDT also in other networks such as globe, smart, etc subscriber kasi computer selection sila daw ???

    Bingyan ako ng claiming code no 2016IRI para daw papakita ko pag nag claim ako ngaun or bukas sa EDSA Starmall , sa may HOMESONIC Claiming Center around 10am-8pm.

    Nag ask pa nga ako kung may babayran ako or service charge wala daw.

    After that call nagkaroon ako ng doubt to check sa google about sa homesonic and found out n SCAM pala ito., shit!!!

    am trying to call back again the said tel no that appeared on my caller id, and wala n sumasagot, nag ring lang.

    Dont they worry, since may kakilal akos a staff/ manager ng starmall, cause client namin si allhomes, ipapa investigate ko na lang yan sa management ng starmall.

    This scam should stop or they will have more victims.

  32. Hi Fe, thanks for sharing your experience. And I’m glad you’re going to take this up with Starmall. I wonder nga na Starmall (Shaw and Alabang) are tolerating this tenant kahit maraming reklamo against them. Yong Festival Mall, matagal na nilang hindi ni-renew ang mga tenants na ganito ang style kasi nakakasira sa brand nila. Thanks for intending to help stop this deceitful kind of marketing.

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