Betrayed by a ‘friend’ 

A high school classmate’s experience supports my warning that it is not just strangers you should be wary of. 

My friend, a retired judge, received a request from a retired official of the Commission on Audit (COA) to be her Facebook Friend. My classmate did not know the COA person personally but they had mutual friends. 

After a few days of exchanging messages, the new “friend” asked if she could add my classmate to her FB friends. My classmate was surprised. She assumed that since they had been “chatting”, they were already friends. 

The COA “retiree” spun a tale about how FB needed a code to formalize friendships on the social media site. The new friend asked for my classmate’s mobile phone number and said a code would be sent to my classmate’s number that she should send back to her new friend. 

When the code arrived, my classmate sent it to her friend. She thought because of recent cases of online scams, FB might really have changed its policy. 

The next day, the FB friend managed to get money from my classmate’s neighbor’s GCash account using the judge’s number. She suspected other people were victimized, including the real COA retired official. 

New Year promos 

On a happier note, have an auspicious start to the Year of the Water Tiger. Save time and money by doing your shopping at 

MallDash, as well as Robinsons Malls, has Chinese New Year promos until Feb. 1. 

It offers on-demand pick-up or delivery in one hour. Shoppers can schedule pick-up or delivery up to the next three days in advance. Payment may be in cash or through GCash. 

To avail of the convenience of Pabili, upload an image of your shopping list on MallDash Pabili section. Shopping for group meals, tikoy, noodles, home decor, red envelopes, and more can be done in one transaction. also allows orders from different restaurants and stores, grocery and department store inside Robinsons Malls without top-up fees. 

Read the complete promo mechanics at 

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