February 27, 2010

Sta. Ana, Manila, Philippines


Mr. Jun Asuncion;

 Dios marhay na hapon po.

 Last Thursday (Feb. 25), on my way to Manila from Davao City, I was bombarded with calls and text messages from friends and relatives abroad and also in the Philippines to confirm the message/s appearing and circulating in the email accounts, particularly the accounts of my contacts, allegedly coming from me that I am asking people for financial assistance amounting to 1600 pounds to pay for my hotel bills, as I was stranded in UK for a project and that I am in dire need of money and asking for financial assistance, etc.

 Apparently, the same messages were sent and forwarded to my other contacts, if not all, by the impostor, who was able to gain access to my password ( Even  “dora the mouse” (Angelita Kowalewski) was shocked upon reading the message, and according to her, she was already contemplating of sending money to me, had she not received my email to her disclaiming the doing of the hacker/swindler. Worst, upon my arrival in Manila, I could no longer open my email account, its password has been altered or changed by the hacker/swindler. Even worst, I could not recall the email addresses of all my other contacts out there, and because of this incident, I could not anymore send information or clarification to them on the matter.

 Jun, thru your blog (BO), I would like to take this opportunity to inform everyone that the message/s appearing below (italics in Red) are not true and fictitious. Because, I’ve never been to UK and I did not even attempt to enter UK. I am here in the Philippines, working as Legal Officer in the anti-narcotics agency of the government. I would assume that the message/s herein below is the work of a swindler/crook to deceive the public, using somebody’s name for personal gain, advantage and interest.

 I denounce and condemn this act in the strongest possible terms. Thank you very much, Jun.


 Benjamin “Benjie” Gaspi


 NB: My new official email add: ( but, I am also using ( as my unofficial alternate email. Kindly disregard or delete the email add (, salamatunon tabi, mabuhay ka!

 REPRODUCED  hereunder are the email message/s sent by the swindler/hacker to all my contacts to deceive people, and enrich himself/herself at my expense.


From: Benjamin Gaspi

Sent: Thu, February 25, 2010 5:38:02 PM

Subject: Please help

“Hope you get this on time, sorry I didn’t inform you about my trip in UK for a Program, I’m presently in UK and am having some difficulties here because i misplaced my wallet on my way to the hotel where my money and other valuable things were kept. presently i have limited access to internet, I will like you to assist me with the loan of 1600 pounds to sort-out my hotel bills and to get myself back home.

 I have spoken to the embassy here but they are not responding to the matter effectively, I will appreciate whatever you can afford to assist me with, I’ll Refund the money back to you as soon as i return,let me know if you can be of any help.I don’t have a phone where i can be reached.

Please let me know immediately.






  1. To the original attybenjie,

    Please write and instruct them to block and close this hacked yahoo account of yours. That’s the best solution.

    For yourself, change your passwords regulary and don’t store your contacts e-mail addresses in any e-mail account to avoid misuse in the future.

    Best regards,

    jun asuncion

  2. To: Jun the Great,

    I have already informed the about the problem, and requested its customer service center to block and close the hacked account of me (

    In fact, since, Feb. 25, i have been suffering from sleepless nights, anxiety, wounded feeling, mental shocked and possibly a besmirched reputation.

    With the disclaimer, thru this blog (BO), makakaturog na tabi ako sin dianison.

    Salamatunon tabi sa danon mo. More power to you, Jun.

    Benjie Gaspi

    • Sleep well, attybenji.

      But watch out for the coming Tsunami on the way to eastern Philippines coming from Chile over Hawaii as a result of a devastating earthquake over there.

      I ask our people to take heed of the warnings from the Philvocs and Tsunami centers. Sorsogon is within the endangered zones.

      Avoid the sea and beaches especially between 1:00 pm- 3:00pm, the expected arrival of the waves.Waves of over two meters high have been reported on the way.

      They could lose or gain momentum and stregth as they head for Asia..

      So, listen or watch the breaking news today for the next hours.

      May Bulan be spared from this calamity.

      Best wishes,

      jun asuncion

  3. This is the third group that I’ve learned that had been victimized by this same hacker or group of hackers. My advise, before you send money, send first to the supposed email address to confirm that he or she is really in UK. Use your local language in your inquiry, para diri makasimbag an hacker, kun yadto na email solicitation naka-program na maka-resibe siya copy for each email na sinimbag sadto na email scam.

    Jess Guim, New York City

  4. Greetings from Riyadh!
    Had come across emails similar to B. Gaspi’s. It surprised me that a person who is just an acquintance – a fellow tennis buff -would sent me that SOS. My first impression that it was a spam was confirmed after i emailed back the guy -sender. And there were similar letters i received from difffent persons i knew. One of it was from a friend who had gone home for good years ago, and that he was an “Ondoy” victim citing losses that helps you empathized to his sorry plight.

    So dear readers esp newbies, beware of the many tricks circulating in the internet. As much as possible, please dont open emails coming from person or sender whom you dont know.

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