They demanded him to give a payment for “shares” of P300 which is refundable upon his return.

In the Philippines where there is a high number of unemployed citizens, many scammers take advantage of people who are desperate to get a job. Cid Marion Estrada is a graduate in search for a job in Manila but was on his way back to his home in Pangasinan when a man stopped him at his steps and asked him random questions like, “Sir, anong height mo? Ilang taon ka na? Nag-aaral ka pa?”

 

Though he was initially surprised by the man, Cid accepted and read the paper that was handed to him. The flyer says their “agency” is in search for people who are willing to work as waiters, promodiser, messenger, branch manager, etc. Since Cid was in Manila to actually look for a job, he decided to check them out before travelling.

 

The woman attending to him told him a lot of things in connection with the job offer and Cid understood everything. But towards the end of the conversation, the woman asked Cid for P300 as payment for their “shares” but claims that it is refundable upon his return. Since he had no extra money except for his fare, Cid politely declined and stood up.

But as soon as he stood up, the woman’s tone changed. “Sir umupo ka wag kang bastos nagsasalita ako, andyan supervisor namin,” she threatened Cid to sit back down. Cid explained that he only had P300 for his fare and had no other money in his pocket. To his shock, the woman asked to check his wallet. When he declined, the woman explained about “rules and regulations”. Fortunately, Cid only had P290 in his wallet and his extra money was hid in his pocket.

 

The woman didn’t give up and just asked for half the initial “fee”. “Ma’am 280 ang pamasahe ko pauwi ng Pangasinan, sa tingin nyo kasya pa yan pag nagbigay ako ng 150,” he said. Seeing that she will not be able to squeeze any money out of Cid, she simply asked for P10 for the paper he filled up. Cid then handed the woman ten pesos and finally got out of their office, which was located near the Five Star bus station in Cubao.

To warn others, Cid shared his story on social media, hoping no one else would be victimized by the bogus agency.