FinAsiaGlobal VIP Platinum Card, A Scam?

I received a call this afternoon from a certain Angela Ledesma of FinAsiaGlobal. I have never heard of the company ever. She talked so fast, blabbing nonstop on the phone. I thought she was never gonna stop. She’s a good speaker, I can give her that. But there was already something fishy about the VIP Platinum Card they were offering. But for some reason, I let this Angela go on. In a nutshell, they basically act as a middleman between us consumers/travelers and tourism establishments/facilities.

The PLATINUM VIP CLUB works with an amazing cross-section of partners to give convenience to every travelers. As a member you get access to our reservation desk helplines, services and exclusive discounted rates to any of our afilliated hotels and resorts. When you’re a PLATINUM VIP CLUB member you have access to the club exclusive resources to make your busy life a little easier, whether you are on the road or at the metropolis.

As I was on the computer when I was speaking with her, she asked me to check their website. Lo and behold, their website is up but only a handful of links were working. Even the Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn icons weren’t working. I noticed that Cebu Pacific and Enchanted Kingdom were featured in the homepage.

She told me that what they’re offering is a lifetime membership, only I have to pay a one-time regisration fee of Php3,995 (I forgot exactly, but it was almost Php4,000). She even told me that the amount can be paid in installment basis. Hmm. 

She started “verifying” my information, which I always find dubious. How could these people know my full name, my birthday, my landline number, mobile number and address? She even injected a little humor by saying that we shared the same birthday. Har.

Things got sneaky when she inquired about my credit card company, credit limit AND my available balance. I was like, why the hell do you want to know? She even asked me if I had my wallet with me then told me to take out my credit card. I knew she would ask about my card number but I interjected. I immediately asked how she was able to “select” me from the millions of CC holders all over the Philippines? She then said something about non-delinquent card holders, frequent travelers and whatnot.

She told me that she’ll have the card delivered to my office in two hours. Two hours. Boy do they move fast! Two minutes after our conversation ended, I quickly looked up the company and discovered that others have already been victimized by this company. Apparently, if that card reached my hands, they would ask me to swipe my credit card on a terminal they’ll be bringing over to “guarantee” my reservation.

Different experiences with FinAsiaGlobal:

This is from kurkeh.wordpress.com (Click on the image to go to the page)

People who availed the card also caught a snagged when they tried to use the VIP Platinum Card:

They’re so good at what they do no? Kainis!

Screw you, FinAsiaGlobal! (click on the image to go to the page)

The same girl whom I talked with also got in touch with them. I quickly called the number she gave me. The second someone answered the phone, I knew they were just a bunch of scammers because the girl who picked up the phone said, “Hello?” instead of the usual “<company name>, Good morning!”. Seriously, who doesn’t mention a company’s name when you’re at the office?

Anyway, I asked for Angela Ledesma and flatly told her not to deliver the card anymore because their program was not for me. She told me that their messenger already left their office, but I told her to chase after him since I won’t accept their card no matter what. She was persistent but I was more persistent. Those two minutes spared me from what would be a severe headache that would last weeks–months even.

After the call, I went back to inspect their site. Here are my findings:

  1. Their page is ugly for a company offering such privileges.
  2. Most of the outgoing links are not working.
  3. The writing’s terrible. Seriously, you can’t expect to be taken seriously when you don’t know verb tenses.
  4. The download form opens a Microsoft Document. Err, who does that these days? Most of the time, it’s an online form or a PDF file.
  5. They didn’t put their address in the contact box. Obviously, they don’t want to be found.

I also called Cebu Pacific to verify if they are indeed connected with the company. As expected, they are not affiliated with Cebu Pacific. I told them about this company, which I suspect to be scamming people, enticing them with discounted Cebu Pacific flight fares and whatnot.

I’m not absolutely sure if they are indeed a good-for-nothing company out to trick people, so here, read for yourself what other victims had to say. You guys decide if this is a legitimate business or what.

My La Salle Alumni Card also offers discounts on various restaurants, hotels, resorts and stores. I’ll stick to that. At least I know my Alma Mater won’t screw me over! 

P.S. Screenshots of comments were taken from kurkeh.wordpress.com.

 

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  • http://jesuslecitona.org/category/blog/ Jesus Lecitona

    Hehehehe! Nakaligtas ka sa tiyak na scam.

    Doon sa mga nanghaharang sa mga mall. Magbibigay ng freebies para lang makuha card mo. May duda ako doon.

    • http://curiouscorrine.com Corrine

      Oo nga eh. I’m so lucky. Hehe. Scam din ‘yung iba dun, ‘yung mga nanghaharang sa malls. Nabiktima ‘yung cousin ko dun before.

      • lenalie

        sana may mgawa pa tau pra maibalik ung nawalang pera sa
        tin!!huhuhu,try q din col ung bank,..today,last week aq nabiktima!!ni diane chua!!at after nia tumawag sa akin ung bangko nman ang tumawag at nag tanung nga kung tumawag na ang finasia sa kin!!ang gling nla db!!kainis!!

  • http://jesuslecitona.org/category/blog/ Jesus Lecitona

    Sabi na eh. Ang kukulit pa talagang susundan ka.

    • http://curiouscorrine.com Corrine

      Tarayan at sungitan dapat ang mga ganun!

  • http://www.jehzlau-concepts.com/ jehzlau

    Creepy! Scam nga yan. Marami pang scam na ganung klase. Like ung iba nag o offer ng pre approved credit cards. Haha!

    PS: Pinost ko lng yung inemail ko sayo dito, para may comment naman me sa post. hahahha!

    • http://curiouscorrine.com Corrine

      Ang lalakas ng loob ng mga taong ‘to no? Grrr

  • Pao

    Wow. THANK YOU for this post. I almost got scammed just now. Same thing happened to me. Except this Angela girl is now going with the name MONIQUE ESGUERRA. (I can say so for sure because I talked to her via the messenger’s phone and the name on the phone’s Angela, not Monique)

    • http://curiouscorrine.com Corrine

      Wow! The nerve. So the messenger went to your office? Was he asking for your credit card?

      • Pao

        He never got to ask for my credit card cos after giving me the form to fill up, I read the terms and conditions and realized that their company is not affiliated with Mastercard and Visa… In the phone call, that Monique made it seem like I was getting a perk from my credit card company which is why I agreed to get it… So I told the messenger that I wasn’t interested anymore and I didn’t want to avail of it… He called that Monique/Angela girl and had me talk to her. I told her she was misleading me in her earlier call and that I am not interested in what she’s offering seeing that the “discounts” are mostly for hotels and resorts anyway… We then agreed that I’d cancel the application but she asked me to give the messenger P50 for cancellation fee and that’s when I got even more suspicious. When I hung up, I saw that her name on the messenger’s phone is Angela, not Monique…. I went back to my table to get P50 but I also thought of looking them up the net and that’s when I saw your site. Took me a few minutes to read and when I went back to our lobby to pay the messenger (actually I was thinking of other ways of handling that person, maybe call the police or something…), he was gone.

        I had my credit card blocked right after. Hope they don’t get to charge me in any way.

        • 12132

          hi! were they able to charge you? i hope they don’t charge you anything. And i know those people from FINASIA are reading these comments now.

          • http://curiouscorrine.com Corrine

            Thankfully, no. I’m sure they will come up with new ways to scam us. We should all be cautious.

          • 12132

            true. we should all be cautious. the girl who talked to me was really rude. and they told me that the people who commented here were not their customers. I DOUBT! HAHAHAHAH.

  • http://curiouscorrine.com Corrine

    That sounds so awful. But at least you took the time to go online and check if they’re legit. I hope this Angela/Monique gets the bad karma she deserves. I hope no one gets victimized anymore.

  • Diana Deguzman

    wahhhhh iwas a victim…. monique is angela… i know her voice… how can i get back my money…

    • curiouscorrine

      Aww, dang. :( Do you still have her number? If yes, give her a call and tell her that you’re withdrawing your membership. It’ll be a long and tricky process but if you’re determined to get your money back, you have to. How much did you pay? I read stories about how some victims were able to get their money back–thanks to persistence.

      • joanne

        last thursday may tumawag sa kin,para daw yun sa mga persistent na cardholders….nag-trust ako kasi alam nila lahat ng info saka phone no. namin.napa-oo nila ko dun sa card at pumasok now sa cc ko yung 3995.magaling sila makipag-usap…huli na nung mabasa ko mga comments sa net..tumawag ako sa bangko ang sabi nila merchant lng pede mag-cancel nung babayaran,nung tumawag ako sa kanila di na daw un pede icancel

        • http://www.curiouscorrine.com/ Corrine

          I heard that others tried to use legal means to get their money back.

    • Ironman

      Just got a call from them today.  I agree the lady sounded very convincing.  I was about to give it a go but fortunately my suspicious nature stepped in and told them to wait for 2 to 3 days after I did some checking and research.  She said that the card was already on the way for delivery to my office, which made me even more suspicious.  Naturally, I stood firm and told them am not getting the card until after the checking them out.  Voila!!! she dropped the call without even saying goodbye.  After a few minutes, I found this site.  Whewww!! 

      • http://www.curiouscorrine.com/ Corrine

        Yup, we’re lucky that we got to think things through before deciding.

  • http://twitter.com/doristarosa Dori Sta Rosa

    PlatinumVIPCard
    Someone called named Ashley, I quickly declined good thing you have posts like this

    • http://www.curiouscorrine.com/ Corrine

      Good for you! :)

    • JOVY

      Mine to Ashley Alejandro

  • Rocky

    hay naku, ako khapon lng naloko ng mga yan bkit my mga ganyang tao nkukuha nilang ibili ng knilang kakainin n galing s pangloloko sumpain sna sila ng langit, lets pray n lng n dumting ang bad karma s kanila…ang sakit nga ng ulo ko d ko alam kung yun ang dahilan…

    • http://www.curiouscorrine.com/ Corrine

      And they’re still at it. They should stop na. Hay.

  • eam

    hi guys, i myself was i guess or shud i say avictim of same scenario… yung agent n tumwag sakin ay si eric tee , at lahat ng comments dto ay halos gnun ngyri skin, but on the brighter side, kya sbi ko iges, ksi wala akong binigay na details of my cc number.. at wla pa ko nsswipe, ksi nsa trainning pla ako nun nag set ng date kun kailan maiddliver. 
    https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002307261056&sk=wall

    • http://www.curiouscorrine.com/ Corrine

      Lucky you! We should spread the word about this scam.

  • smiley-md

    Guys I also bought this platinumcard ng finasia!!! Sakit sa ulo. Pano kaya mababawi pera ko?

    • http://www.curiouscorrine.com/ Corrine

      From what I know, once they charge your credit card, the cc company can’t discredit the money. The merchant has to do it.

  • russell owen

    hi guys, i just listen to their new scam tactics this august and there catch phrase is their going to handle ur visa and international discount at hotels etc plus their vip card is transferable. too good to be true so spread the news of this new perk gimmick that will caught ur attention to pay for it.
    advice is use the power of the net and research first before
    anything else and ask advice from your friends if they encounter such experiences… more power to us and the web! dont worry about those bad people karma is fast…heheheheh!

    • http://www.curiouscorrine.com/ Corrine

      Yeah let it be a rule that when everything sounds too good to be true–question it immediately.:D

  • http://twitter.com/jpalala/status/238521876731801600/ @jpalala

    http://t.co/gtcx7IGI they may be legit. just starting up. but have lots of negative reviews so called back to decline

  • anne

    same with u na biktima din nila ako. Mariel Zacarias nman ung tumawag at nagbenta sa akin ng VIP card na un. pinapacancel ko na sa knya dahil 1 week pa lang sa akin ung card mag pa book ako ng flight sa Cebu pacific at napahiya ako nung sabihin na di nila honor tong Finasia VIP card at walang discount na mangyayari. sayang lang ung 4,k ko sa hirap ng buhay ngaun malaki ung 4,k na naloko nila sa akin.

    • http://www.curiouscorrine.com/ Corrine

      I think everyone who has been victimized by this group should band together and file a group complaint.

  • gelai

    halaka panu yan, kkakuha ku lng kanina, totoong scam to???

    • http://www.curiouscorrine.com/ Corrine

      I think they are. I called Cebu Pacific before and they said that they’re in no way affiliated with FinAsiaGlobal.

  • Abby

    Alam nila lahat ng details except the CC #.may tumawag din sakin kanina Eric Tee marami syang sinabi at hinihingi ang CC # ko pero hindi ko binigay pinipilit nya pero sabi ko wala ako sa house namin then after namin magusap tumawag ako sa bank ng CC Na gamit ko tinanong ko kung related ba sa knila o sila sa Finasia Global at sabi nila hindi daw sinabi ko na may tumawag sakin at alam lahat ng details about me Name,bday,add.,Credit limit,expiration date ng CC ko.sinabi ko na about sa Platinum Discount Card.suggest ng nakausap ko pwede ko daw ipablock ang CC ko or basta hindi ko naibigay ang CC # ko wala sila makukuha.Thanks God kung ganun…:) Grabe alam nila lahat pano nila nagagawa sa kapwa nila ang ganun?ang sasama namannnnnnnnnnn!

  • mae

    si eric tee dn ang nagcall skn. see my comment before. nandun link nys sa fb at proud p stya sa work nya ha. grbe bkt kya may mga tao n kyang manloko

  • Marie Arciaga

    OM damn. I got the card yesterday lang. I’ll try to ask regarding sa booklet, no need to call na pala. :(

  • http://www.facebook.com/maryrose.vasallo Mary Rose Vasallo

    kainis victim din ako ng finasia platinumvip, now ko lng kc narecve ang bill ko nkita ko ang statement of account ko sa finasia is 3995 pero ang alam ko 12months to pay un, nagtataka lng ako kung bkit alam nila ang details about me? pano po gagawin ko ang duedate ko is on oct.1 2012 pwde pba ireport un sa bank para dko n mbayaran ung 3995? tulong po ano dpat ko gawin hirap ng pera now….

  • http://www.facebook.com/maryrose.vasallo Mary Rose Vasallo

    sana po matulungan nyo ko!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/maryrose.vasallo Mary Rose Vasallo

    victim po ako, pano kung sa oct,1 2012 pa ung duedate ko pwede pb magawan ng paraan un para dko na mabayaran sayang ang 3995

    • http://www.curiouscorrine.com/ Corrine

      Hello! As much as I want to help everyone who has been victimized by FinAsia, I can’t. :( The most you can do is to bug the hell out of FinAsia and force (yes!) them to cancel your membership so you can get your money back. I’m not sure if credit companies can put the amount charged to you on hold as you settle the dispute though. Better call your credit card issuer and see if they have a policy regarding this. I think this happens in the US. Some companies give the money when the merchant won’t. The best course of action to take is to call FinAsia and your CC issuer.

    • arjo

      ginawa ko na yan…ang sabi ng bangko merchant lng ang pede mag-cancel ng transaction..tumawag ako sa finasia global na yan at di pumayag na ipa-cancel….so napilitan ako magbayad ng 3995..sana wala ng maloko tong mga taong to

  • chikay

    i just read this blog after availing of these vipplatinum card last sep 10 2012.. i immediately asked my cc to block my account.. but the thing is they cannot guarantee me that finasia will nt be charging amount on my account… coz its autodebit..i hope its not too late.. i was nt able to reach them on their numbers..

  • rommel

    wow buti nabasa ko to. padeliver na card sakin ngayon.

    • nenen

      buti kapa hindi natuloy

  • expose FINasia global scam

    FINASIAGLOBAL scam

    Mga repapips! eto ang nangyari saakin. Tumawag saakin ang nagpakilalang louise bautista kahapon October 2, 2012. sabi personal travel consultant daw sya. tapos yun na nga mga convincing words na may 20 to 40% na discount. Tapos nung after ilang minutes lang dumating na agad messenger nila. grabe ang bilis talaga. tapos yung messenger may dalang pang swipe ng card.
    Tapos yun na nga ang sabi iswipe ko nalang daw. Buti nagdalawang isip ako. Sabi ko pwede bukas nalang kasi hindi ko dala ang card ko. Sabi tawagan ko nalang daw ang boss nya. so tumawag. tapos yun sabi magbigay daw ako ng 100pesos para sa deposit. Bigay naman ako agad. Nung mga 4pm na. naisip ko icheck ang website nila. nakita ko meron nga parang about sa Cebupacific. So parang okay lang.

    Nung gabi na. naisip ko isearch ang “FINASIAGLOBAL scam” sa google. Ayun lumabas nga ito. Naku di na ako nakatulog. Grabe pala ang epekto pagnaisip mo na nascam ka. Kahit 100pesos lang yun na nakuha saakin. Nung umaga na tinext ko ulit sila. eto pala number incase gusto nyo kunin. (09474398520) Sabi ko, mam dala ko na po ang credit card ko. Tapos tinawagan ko sa landline. 553-8514 or 3882. Tapos sabi ko. mam dala ko na po, tapos kunyari chinika ko about sa discount sa cebu pacific kasi magtatravel ako. Mga ilang oras lang dumating na ang messenger. Grabe ang bilis talaga. Pero sabi ko, sir kunin ko na po pala muna ang 100 kasi wala ako pera may babayaran akong ofismate. Sabi muna nya ibabawas nalang daw at kelangan muna pirmahan. pero sabi ko, kelangan ko sir tapos kunyari kinuha ko yung papel at ballpen nya na tipong magsusulat ako. hinihintay ko talaga na ibigay nya. Sa wakas binigay nya na din ang 100 pesos ko. hehe. pagkabigay nya, pumasok ako agad sa ofis. tapos tinawagan ko na ang isang tv station. Ipapahold ko sana yung messenger kaso sabi ng sa tv station di naman daw pwede gawin yun. ang sabi ay expose lang ang gagawin. Hindi daw makakasuhan kasi marketing strategy daw yun. basata parang ganun. so sabi ko cge, ivivideo ko nalang. ayun binalikan ko sabi ko sir di ko pala pwede iswipe kasi kulang ang credit limit ko. di aabot ng 3999. Pero sabi nya, cge tawagan ko boss ko ha. Tinawagan nya. tapos kinausap ko. pero hindi ko na pinapakinggan sinasabi nya. Hanggang sa sabi ko na tawagan ko nalang sila at kailangan ko na bumalik kasi may work pa. tapos yun. binabaan ko ng telepono, pero narinig ko sabi kausapin daw messenger pero binaba ko na kasi pagkinausap nya messenger alam ko na maghihingi na nama ng reservation fee. kaya dali dali ako pumasok. Hanggang sa tinext ako ulit sabi ibigay ko daw ulit reservation fee. pero di ko na binigay. manigas sila dun. kaya yun. buti nalang nabasa ko itong blog na ito.

    Malaking tulong ang mainform ang mga tao sa mga ganitong panloloko. Kahit 100pesos lang yun ganun na ang epekto pano pa kaya yung mga nakuhaan ng 4taw tapos never naman pala nila magagamit. Sobra di ba.

    **sa mga nascam nito.
    tawagan nyo ito 9284713 direct line ng imbestigador. kahit ireklamo nyo lang para pandagdag ng reklamo para ma EXPOSE ang mga ganitong marketing strategy.

    Salamat!

    • http://www.curiouscorrine.com/ Corrine

      Wow! Galing ng ginawa mo! Bilib ako sayo :)

      2012/10/3 Disqus

    • arjo

      yan din ang taong tumawag sa’kin,naloko ako ng louise bautista na yan,matapos nya makuha gusto nya di na sya mahagilap…ngayon tinatawagan na nman ako ng eric tee….di ko alam kung ano na nman kaylangan nila…di ko na xa inasikaso.mahirap ang buhay ngayon kaya dapat ma-inform ang mga tao sa ganitong strategy

  • http://www.facebook.com/peachie.dioquinovalera Peachie Dioquino-Valera

    For all the victims here (me included), please email me at pdvalera@yahoo.com along with your cases or experiences. Let’s build it up so we can submit to media,NBI (our neighbor), and some law firms. We need to expose companies like this and make sure it never happens again to anyone.

  • anne

    Nakakalungkot naman ngayon ko lang nabasa ang blog na toh, last week my sister received a call from an agent sa Finasia regarding the Platinum VIP offer nila, nalulungkot akong isipin na kaya niya tinanggap ang offer na to dahil iniisip niang magbebenefit ako dahil ako ang mahilig mag-travel, I was in Mindanao when she called me about this thing, apparently nung nag-consult xa sakin, nabayaran na nia. usually kasi bago xa mag-avail ng anything kinukunsulta muna nia sakin . . . . . . tama yung gut feeling ko na SCAM nga itong card na toh .. . . . . . imagine 4K nowadays ay malaki n ang matutulong sa isang pamilyadong tao tulad ng ate ko tapos pagsasamantalahan lang ng mga ganung klaseng mga tao, sa tagal na ni-post ng blog na to, why madami pa din naloloko??????? ?Marahil kulang talga sa Media Awareness . . . . . spread the word para sana wala na silang maloko na kahit sino pa. Please inform me if may way pa ba to get back the money :’(( really appreciated your help and info regarding this one. God Bless everyone . . . . . lesson na lang ulit ito sa atin na before availing of super duper low rates and discounts better ask Google first . . . . . :’((

  • anne

    Nakakalungkot naman ngayon ko lang nabasa ang blog na toh, last week my sister received a call from an agent sa Finasia regarding the Platinum VIP offer nila, nalulungkot akong isipin na kaya niya tinanggap ang offer na to dahil iniisip niang magbebenefit ako dahil ako ang mahilig mag-travel, I was in Mindanao when she called me about this thing, apparently nung nag-consult xa sakin, nabayaran na nia. usually kasi bago xa mag-avail ng anything kinukunsulta muna nia sakin . . . . . . tama yung gut feeling ko na SCAM nga itong card na toh .. . . . . . imagine 4K nowadays ay malaki n ang matutulong sa isang pamilyadong tao tulad ng ate ko tapos pagsasamantalahan lang ng mga ganung klaseng mga tao, sa tagal na ni-post ng blog na to, why madami pa din naloloko??????? ?Marahil kulang talga sa Media Awareness . . . . . spread the word para sana wala na silang maloko na kahit sino pa. Please inform me if may way pa ba to get back the money :’(( really appreciated your help and info regarding this one. God Bless everyone . . . . . lesson na lang ulit ito sa atin na before availing of super duper low rates and discounts better ask Google first . . . . . :’((

  • joanne del rosario

    Hi, I got a phone call from them din kahapon.. I was getting upset kasi parang wala akong makitang info about them, buti I saw your blog. I linked your post in my blog as well. Thanks!

  • Ram

    Ipapatay ko nalang sila lalo ung may ari gagastos lang ako ng 20k. Ihahanda ko na ung pera next week. pacenciahan nalang.

  • lotskie

    hello…sad to say biktima din ako ng FINASIA na yan (Sept.12, 2012) They said na 1 yr to pay ang P3995.oo kaya ako pumayag to join. But ng mareceive ko na ang aking statement of account OMG one time payment ang trabsaction nila. I always called Ms, Edralin Mendoza to complain but she said iaadjust dw nila. But it takes months na hindi pa nila ginagawan ng aksyon. Nagkainteres na ang Credit Card ko kasi di ko binabayaran ang P3995.oo ng FINASIA. Hirap pa naman ako sa budget kac ako ang gumagastos sa tatay ko (cancer) kaya d ko mabayaran ang full amount. Makarma sana sila, nagsuffer ako sa pagbabayad ng 3995.oo Paano kaya mapaparusahan ang may ari ng FINASIA?

  • nenen

    grabe cla…even me naloko nila ako..mga hayop cla..ni isa b satin walang napacancel na amount sa credit card natin..??pina cancel ko kc sa kanila but sabi nang bank ko hindi na daw pwede…so far hindi ko nagamit ung card lalo n sa cebu pacific.

  • nenen

    the first tym i read all ur blogs naniwala agad ako that its a scam,,,so nagmamadali ako tumawag sa consultant n tumawag sakin…thank God she answers my phone calls..all my questions were answered by her..d naman pala scam..mga bloggers f meron din kaung vip card sa finasia ok lang un magagamit nyo..kailangan lang every transaction nyo u get in touch with them so they can book earlier and can avail the 10 to 40 percent discount..

  • nanzy

    Thanks A Lot… You save my Php3,995.00. Godbless Us All..:))

  • kat

    grabe i got scammed din. this girl called mariel something. wala na na debit na sa card ko. sobrang scam tlga. u think we should really do like an XXX something para mawarn na yung ibang tao.

  • Newbie

    Share ko lang. Also got a call from “eric tee”. Grabe, alam nya pati credit history ko! I honestly thought na legit ito, which is weird kasi madalas ako maka encounter nito and ngayon lang ako napa bilib. Sinabi pa na ang company name nila is “finance asia global”, which in retrospect is totally bizaare (finance tapos travel?). A quick check on the net yielded no results kasi nga wrong name yung binigay. Nung dumating na messenger, i finally got the name right and searched again while pretending to read the form he handed me. Ayun na, positive na scam. Sinabi ko sa messenger basahin ko muna yung laman ng package. Ayun, umalis agad yung messenger. Siguro nakaramdam din na bistado sya. Eric called again and ang daming sinasabi. Nababaan ko tuloy ng phone.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rose.onglanguisan Jr JR Ong L

    victim din po ako actually im currently paying it bale 6 months more pa bago ko matapos hinuhulugan ko kasi un for 1 year thru my metrobank credit card nakakainis wala choice kundi bayaran.

    • trek

      nag try ka na ba gamitin ang card?

  • San

    Pia serrano the name of the agent, upon saying i’ll think it over binagsakan na ako. Its a scam! Dont entertain them!

  • Justin

    Hi, Guys, I was victimized by this scam. I got a call from Ms. Louisee Bautista indicating all the supposed to be benefits of being a member of this VIP card. I tried searching through the internet, unfortunately, I heard Asia Global so I cannot verify if this is the same company. Within 2 hours of the call, the messenger arrives with the package, He got my card and mentioned my CC details (card number, expiry, and 3 digit code at the back) to a certain Lyla. I got scarred when i saw this, since they might use my credit card for any other purchases. Regardless, I still continued and had my card swiped via Manual charge slip (c/o East West Bank). Upon getting back to my PC, I tried to search Finasia Global and arrived at this very helpful blog. I immediately called the east west hotline and verified if there was any transaction on the credit card that I gave, upon hearing that there is still no posted amount on my credit card number. I immediately had my credit card blocked. I am not sure what would happen in the future.

  • mine

    try to call the reservation para malaman nyo na may sense ang pagiging member sa finasia. Mapapansin nyo na lahat ng nagrereklamo dahil sa credit card payment. pero once na magamit for any bookings and reservation sulit ang 4k nyo.

  • Carole Kaye Malenab

    Hi guys. I am a victim too of this so-called company. I reported them to DTI and we are scheduled for a mediation next week, April 18.

    • Zed

      Hi Ms. Carole, updates naman po regarding sa report nyo sa DTI? I’m also a member since January 2013 :(

  • bje

    may tumawag po sakin ngaun lang,,, pag hndi q po ba tinanggap ung card di nila aq ichcharge sa credit card q?

    • http://www.curiouscorrine.com/ Corrine

      Just don’t give your credit card to them if you want to be sure. Better safe than sorry :)

      • marvin

        tama.. at biktima din ako ng finasia na to.. i try my best to cancel evrything pero hopeless bcoz valid transaction daw at may sign ako which is my mistake talaga. itry to call this scam finasia para i cancel pero hindi na pwedi.. if im not mistaken mariel yung name ng tumawag sakin at this is happen nung march 25, 2013.. this forum is very helpful. sana awala silang ma biktima pa.

  • firm

    … kakakuha ko lang po nyan ngaun…. tapos nagcheck me sa net, then nakita ko to.. buti na lang nung tumawag me sa bangko, floating p ung transaction.. ayun, pina block ko na lang ung card ko para di pumasok ung transaction….

  • http://twitter.com/ayaxtina/status/331668728133611520/ @ayaxtina

    @AirJseph24 Muntik nanaman ako ma-scam. read this: http://t.co/E0u636SylZ yan yung tumawag sakin. buti na lang di ko nabigay credit card ko

  • Ed

    Scam po ba Ito? im already a member of this fgms, now, we would like to avail their services, to know kung scam nga eto. we are still waiting for the result, they will send quotations for our intent vacation package.

    • tin

      quotation in what place?

    • http://www.curiouscorrine.com/ Corrine

      Everyone here will be grateful if you can share with us the result of this quotation. :)

    • Zed

      Hi Ed! Curious lang about FINASIA GLOBAL, How’s their services? Scam po ba or legit? NakapagTravel po ba kayo using their PLATINUM MEMBERSHIP CARD? I was also a member that’s why I’m asking po If Hindi sila Scam Lang. Thank you.

      • seth

        Zed same tyo n member. Try to coordinate with their reservation. Ako si maris ang palage ko kausap. Wag ka n call sa agent mo kasi final reservtion p rin bagsak mo. Ok tlga services nila.

  • hon

    i am also a member of the finasia, nde naman sila scam i tried so many times na magpa book sa boracay at kahit assistance sa airfare nakatulong din kc hassle free. at kahit nga piso fare nag karroon pa ako ng minimal discount. try nyo lang na makipag transact sa reservation mas maganda mas maaga para mas assist tayo.

  • Vicky

    Thanks for your comment actually kakatawag pa lang nya today a 1 hr ago and she call me again later, buti na lang nahingi ko ung website nla kc pinipilit na ako kanina thanks a lot kc may nakuha rin akong membership sa ibang co. pero useless talaga keso me discount pero ung kinain daw namin e d kasali ano ba unnnn.

  • noi

    buti na lang nde ko na avail ung paltinum vip card nila kanina, sabi dedeliver din daw nagun, muntik na aq, at buti hindi ko binigay card # ko. pagtapos ng call ni lyka de castro(name ng agent) nag search agad aq at nkita q agad mga post about FinAsia scam. thanks s post. dalidali q tinxt at sabi ko icancel na lng dahil hinde ko na need ng ganitong card. ayaw pa nga nya, at sabi nya tatawag daw xa ulit pero buti nde n nmn tumawag. tinawagan q din ung bank ng credit card ko at buti wla nmn floating payment at sbi nde daw cla affiliated sa FinAsia. Sobrang knabahan aq, sayang din un 4k kung sakali.

  • jun

    I read an article in Manila bulletin published May 31, 2013 warning the public against firms suspected of conducting investment scams. In that article, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) included Finance Global/Finasia. Here is an excerpt from the article, “Finance Global/ Finasia allegedly use a credit card company to apply/avail of their services offering lower package cost for any travel that may be desired. Once a customer agrees, he may no longer retract and recover the money paid.”

    I consider myself perceptive pertaining to scams, but now i know i have one weakness worth noting – damn that sweet voiced lady over the phone!!!! Well, lessons learned. So, I’m writing this to warn fellow honest earning individuals to stay away from this very coordinated scam.

  • Grace Balderas

    They called me awhile ago. From the start, i know it’s something to do with money. So, i hesitated with the offer. But, she continuously saying all the positive things about the VIP card. I ended it up by saying No! She finally said, “pakisabi na lang po sa credit card bank nyo na di nyo i-avail at mamya darating dyan yung card nyo.” Then, she suddenly hang up the phone without any answer from my questions about her last statement. So, right there and then…. SCAM sila! Damn!

  • Zed

    So SAD naman late ko lang nabasa feedback for FINASIA GLOBAL! Same thing din ang nangyari sa akin, yung mga experiences nyo, ganon din sa akin, she told me na “im one of the lucky cardHolder daw to avail this lifetime membership!” Sobrang galing ni Ms. trisha Velarde kasi naConvinced nya ako to avail this platinum membership! Dami talagang convincing words and last thing, pwede daw installment! Kaya napapayag ako kasi nga 1yr to pay naman. the next day 9am yun na may pumunta dito sa bahay may pinirmahan akong form and binigay na yung card & booklet after maSwipe CC ko! kaya pala ang bilis ng transaction Scam pala! Kaya naman pala kahit isang email ng promo advertisment wala akong narereceive! Pero sana hindi naman, never ko pa kasing nagamit simula nung dineliver nung January 14,2013…. Lesson learned na dapat isearch muna ang company bago maniwala! Need muna malaman feedbacks before availing! :(

    • Chez

      Same thing din ngyari sakin yesterday July 24,2013 unfortunately ngayon ko lang nakita at nasearch ang FINASIA after ko maavail yung card at naswipe na yung CC ko… DANIELA LOPEZ ang NAME ng TUMAWAG sakin 09186716835 ang number! SCAM PALA TO Lesson Learned wag na magavail ng mga promotions ng mga CC..

      • rochel

        same din sakin i also charge 4000 something at hanggang ngayon binabayaran ko padn sya installment kahit na hindi ko naman ngagamit.

        • seth

          hi, bakit di mo try gamitin? ganyan din ako nun pero ng ma prove ko na legit talaga services nila palage na kami ng family ko nagbu book. Tawag ka 5533794/ 5550228 look for Maris or Yza. Hope this help…

      • seth

        try mo gamitin. avail mo kaya un free gift mo. Ako nagamit ko voucher sa Ocean Adventure. Libre un for 2 pax

    • Chez

      May Balita na kaya kung paano mababalik ang pera di na mareverse transaction ng BANK ko eh… at pinagtataka ko lang how they know my CC info(Name, Card Number and EXP date) maliban nalang sa 3 Digit number sa back ng card..

      • JOVY

        Sakin din po Ganun i know their office is nakapunta na po ako sa may Pasong tamo Makati

  • JOVY

    I know where their office nakapunta ako sakanila to pick up my manila Ocean Park ticket.

    • seth

      Hi,

      What happened to your Manila Ocean Park Ticket? Nagamit nyo po ba?

  • JOVY

    Just Contact This number Ashley Alejandro yung Agent nakakausap ko pa siya everytime na nagtetext ako magrereply siya. 09176668249 nakapunta nadin ako sa office nila sa Makati sa Pasong Tamo near Shopwise. if you want to go there contact me 09425634468 Pakilala po kayo thanks. i want to help nag avail din ako ng VIP Platinum nila Eastwest bank CC holder ako. Gulat ako na alam nila i thought bank nagrefer sakanila. thanks i hope this will help.

  • seth

    I am also a member of this Platinum VIP Card. My first conversation with my agent is a bit rough and she told me to just inquire with their so called reservation team. The person I spoke with named Maris is very accommodating. I requested for a quotation in Puerto Princesa. She emailed it me the ff day. When i received the quotation I am quite hesitant to avail of the offer so i called her again. I know she felt that Im just shopping around… this Maris give me an assurance and told me to check the reservation code with the airline and at Marianne Inn, Puerto Princesa if I have a confirmed reservation. I googled the hotel and make a call. I proved that the reservation code listed on my quotation is legit, next i called cebu pacific. All went well as specified on the quotation. I said to myself i’l give this company a chance kasi sayang naman ang binayad ko. So pumunta talaga ako sa ffice nila para dun magbayad at para makilala ko rin ang mga taong i deal with. Our vacation turned out well… from then on i do my bookings with this company. Na prove ko sa sarili ko na walang problema sa travel services na ino offer nila. Perhaps sa mga agents talaga. Their services is “A” ok. Need talaga nila ayusin ang marketing ng mga agents.

    Siguro sa mga members na rin dito, i suggest na sa reservations nalang tayo tumawag or mag email. I ask Maris of this girl agent na nakausap ko no longer connected na daw January 2013 pa.

  • gracie

    check ’tis out! http://teq2cyber.blogspot.com/ a fairly new company is up again to scam us.

  • gracie

    check ’tis out! http://travelteq2cyber.blogspot.com/ a fairly new company is up again to scam us.

    • http://www.curiouscorrine.com/ Corrine

      Thanks for sharing!

  • http://www.curiouscorrine.com/ Corrine

    It’s really up to you if you want to give FinAsia a try. I believe however that you’ll get the same discounts (or even better!) with numerous deal sites like CashCashPinoy and Deal Grocer. :)

  • Ghay

    There’s a new scammer in town. Global Express International. They’re offering a VIP Gold Card for Php 3,800 saying that offers discounts for shopping and travel. It’s a good thing I didn’t gave my Credit Card info. I don’t know if they’re the same firm. When will these people stop scamming other people? Nagakaka-phobia na tuloy akong sagutin ang phone ko.

  • Mhe

    They called me today pero buti na lang nag-google search muna ako… ang nabigay ko lang is my office address which is not an info in my CC so I think wala sila mapapala sa akin. Dapat ma-stop ito…

  • ellen

    Buti nlng nkita ko blog nto…tumawag cla skin around 11:30 am, and ttwag dw uli ng 2:30 pm, dedecline ko n offer nla since mas marami ang negative comments, salamatpo s inyong lahat, sayang dn ha mahirap kumita gastusin ko nlng s family ko kesa maloko ako…thanks a lot everybody…

  • Krae

    I also experienced the same thing. The only difference is that nag-avail ako ng membership on an installment basis, and only after 4 months I found out that it’s a fraudulent company. I asked them to arrange a resort reservation for my El Nido trip this coming November but a month already passed without a definite action from them. I did follow up a couple of times, but to no avail. This already alarmed me ’cause I know how easy it is to book a reservation and how come they can’t do it. So I did a few research over the internet and found out it’s a scam. I immediately called up FinAsia and got to talk to Maris and Thea Castro who are so apologetic for the lapses. But I was firm and demanded for a cancellation of membership and a full refund. I also got to talk to my bank to cancel further transactions from them. The most irritating part is that FinAsia wants me to pay an additional 1k for cancellation. But of course I won’t! There’s no contract saying I need to pay should I decide to cancel my membership. They didn’t even furnished me a copy of terms and agreement! Also, I asked for the name of the owner of their company, which every member has a right to know. But they declined to disclose it which made me doubt even more. Their website claims that they are duly registered under DTI but when I called DTI to verify, there’s no FinAsia registered under them. The DTI agent instructed me to forward this issue to the local government and that exactly is what I’m doing right now. To all victims, I encourage you to do the same. Let’s not tolerate any form of deceit!

  • Jaycee

    The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has issued eight warnings to the public against firms suspected of conducting investment scams or otherwise unauthorized sale of securities.

    The SEC’s latest warnings were issued against Cardlinks Teleconn Insurance Agency Inc., Future Net- Networking Marketing Association of the Philippines Inc., JustBeenPaid, OK’s Global Wellness Inc., Evergreen Company, 1Riders Power Team Inc., Finance Global Marketing Services/Finasia Global Marketing Services, and an unknown group in Marinduque.

  • Ruby

    Why am I so stupid? :( didnt surf the net before agreeing.. :’(

    • Mambong

      Ako din nadale nyan

  • harlem scarlem

    ung mga nang-uunggoy jan na member kuno ng Global Asia, FinAsia, ahhhh SIYA SIYA… whatever!!! tigilan nyo na ang panggugulang at kunwari working ang sistema nyo para mabasag ang trend na SCAM nga ito…

    Kaya hindi umaasenso ang Pilipinas eh…. :-)

    Beware of SCAM….
    mayroong caller sa akin today, and super fliptop kung magsalita, kesyo agent ng Global Asia at lifetime ung membership para sa mga discounts all over the world ?? hehe

    eto ung forum na nabasa ko sa internet very useful –> thanks Mabuhay!!!

  • Ms. Google

    Almost got scammed by this company today. Good thing I got a hold of their name and googled their company right infront of their “representative. Told him “Sorry, I just googled your company and you guys are apparently scammers so Ok, No thanks, Bye!” Then told our office security guard to kindly escort the man out.

    • http://www.curiouscorrine.com/ Corrine

      Good for you!

  • jeff

    Just got a call frm them today. They didn’t ask for my credit card details so I thought this is probably legit. Good thing I googled it agad and found your post! You really can’t be too careful when it comes to your finances.

    • http://www.curiouscorrine.com/ Corrine

      That’s true! Can’t believe they’re still at it

  • johnf

    Yeah, I did the same thing today… validate their company over the internet and said NO.

  • Melvin

    Did they change their company name from FinAsia to Platinum VIP by FGMS?

    • http://www.curiouscorrine.com/ Corrine

      I’m not sure about this.

    • Rachel

      Yes, I think so. I was scammed by the damn company and had to pay for the whole amount. I thought they were somewhat connected to Metrobank (my credit card).
      Got the “membership card” a year ago, they even asked me to like their page in FB. If I would have known i wouldn’t spend a single centavo on it.

      • Mandong

        Grabe nadale din ako nito kanina lang .. Tinawagan ako kahapon tapos kinabukasan nandito na kagad , eto naman akong tatanga tanga eh paswipe naman kagad ng CC ko , pagkakita ko dun sa card simpleng simple lang walang masyadong details .. At nung day din na un nabasa ko na maraming victims.. Tinawagan ko din ung mga hotels na malapit dito sa amin na included dun sa booklet na kasama , wala daw advise sa kanila na me partnership sila ng finasia, Kaya tinawagan ko ung finasia ubg mismong number nila.. Unavailable then ung kausap ko na tumawag sakin ay tinawagan ko din .. Sumagot sya at sabi itry ko daw muna ung card papano ko itatry ung card eh di naman inohonor sa mga tinawagan ko.. Ang arrangement daw kasi is tatawagan daw ung company nila tapos ung company nila ung gagawa ng transaction para mabigyan ng discount sa hotel.. Eh para saan pa ung card na binigay nila sakin .. Sus grabe dalang dala ako ngaun araw na to .. Anu bang mai aadvice nyo sakin .. Salamat

  • aiza

    you can drop by to their office anytime just to prove that are not scammer.

  • Finasiascam

    @aiza Ayusin mo grammar mo! Pwede naman mag-tagalog e. Taga Finasia ka malamang. HAHA! :))

  • Bri

    Kakatawag lang sa akin mg finasia at inooffer ako ng discount card nila.. Medyo kabado ako sa pinagsasabi nya.. Sbi kasi nya na maswerte ako na napili para magkaroon ng discount card.. So nagask ako ng contract or so whatever.. Hndi naman nila mabigay ung website at wala naman kainfo info ung fb page nila.. Ung hinahanap ko ung website nila biglang lumabas ang blog na ito habang kausap ko unb agent.. Sabi ko wag na hndi ko na avail ung discount card.. Kaya thank you for sharing this.. :)

  • Angel

    Hi there. I need some advice as this company fooled my mom who is a first time credit card holder. I could’ve have prevented this from happening kaso wala ako when they called my mom. She was promised that they won’t bill her agad. The card and the welcome packet were delivered the same day. Then she was asked for her ID and the credit card for “verification”. Then she was handed the charge slip. Syempre she signed it, not knowing it already validated the sale. I checked the packet and it didn’t contain any terms and conditions,especially on cancelation. We haven’t taken any steps yet as they can’t be contacted on weekends. But as early as tomorrow, we will contact them and do our best to cancel whatever service they are supposed to provide.

  • GreenShooter

    Just for the information of the general public, they already changed their name to Asia Global but they’re still offering their fcking VIP Platinum card.

  • yanyan

    I got my refund just today. Im so glad. I texted the agent who called and sold me the platinum card and told him i want a refund asap after seeing all the post from victims of finasia. I told him i found out that their company is a scam and that i will make sure to find out who is responsible for this. He apologized immediately and didnt even defend the company because he knew i was right. He gave me their office address and told me to go there to get my refund. When i got there they made me sign a cancellation form and told me i will get my refund within 5 to 7 banking days. True enough, they emailed me today the payment slip to my credit card amounting to 3990.

  • yanyan

    Their office address is unit 206 BUMA building, 1012 metropolitan avenue, san antonio village makati city

  • yanyan

    When i paid for the platinum card meron silang pinasign na form sakin. They werent supposed to give me a copy of that but i was lucky to have it xeroxed kasi nsa office ako that time. It says there that u have to pay 50% of the total price to cancel the card. But when i asked for a refund from their office mismo, they waived the cancellation fee. Today they sent me an email with an attached payment slip worth 3990 for the reversal of my credit card payment.

  • bob

    Just got the same shitty call today. Thanks for this blog. I would have been a victim. Weird lang talaga na alam nila mga details such as office address pa.
    UPDATE: They now ask for “20%” participation amounting to P4495 because the credit card company already paid for the 80% daw. They even say that all the other members are surprised how cheap you’re supposed to pay for big discounts provided by the card. Alam na rin pala ng SEC na scammer sila pero hindi pa rin sila nahuhuli or take down man lang ang website nila.

  • sleepyrabbit

    everyone! nangyari saken kanina lang 2 hours ago:

    1. same price (3995)

    2. same cc (ewb)

    3. same scenario (makulit and tuloy-tuloy magsalita na caller from a travelling agency offering discounts and a transferable “life time card”)

    4. finally lalaking may dalang terminal and envelope with brochures and card (na mukang art project)

    thank you sa blog niyo, nag search ako bago pa pumunta yung lalaking may terminal. nagtaka ako kase bakit sila magpapadala ng terminal?

    umalis nalang siya kase hesitant talaga ako. sayang hindi ako nakakuha ng pic nung pinapipirmahan nila kase nandun yung details ng company, whether legit or not i can’t remember basta ang name na ginagamit nila is ONE TRAVEL EXPERT.

    (they do not have a website or fb man lang).

    sa mga nabiktima ng ganitong scenario, sana maging eye opener sa atin ito and hindi na sana maulit sa inyo. thank you bloggers!

  • annir

    thanks sa blog na to.. kakatawag lang sakin ng company nato. Asia Global ung gamit na name ng company and 206 buma bldg ang address na ginamit. Sabi ko ako na lang ang magsasabi kung kelan ako mag aavail ang sabi niya hindi daw un insurance na sasabihin ko kung kelan ko iavail. Hello ako may ari nung card so bakit sila masusunod. Ang dami niyang sinasabi Denver Ong ang name with contact number of 553 6996 direct line sa kanya. Nung nagsabi ako ng irereview ko muna yung inooffer nila sa akin, pinagpipilitan niyang pano ko daw marereview kung wala sa aking yung booklet na ibibigay kasama nung package, sumagot ako tatawag muna ako sa mga banks para mag verify at mag babasa ng review sa mga blogs. Sabi niya sa akin ang blogs daw chismiss hello! Kung hindi masama ang iooffer niyo bakit kaya matatakot sa blogs at kung maganda ang package na iooffer nila ibblog yan para maboost yung product na ok nga. Thanks talaga sa blog na to, muntik na kong mag oo kanina. So aantayin ko ngaun yung taong sinasabi nila tingnan na lang natin kung talagang may pupunta kasi ang sabi ko sakanya na bakit hindi mo kayang iadvice ung tao mo na wag na pumunta dahil hindi ko nga iaavail. Parang ewan lang!

  • Government

    sa lahat ng naloko ng FINASIA go to MAKATI BUSINESS PERMIT.. Pinapasara na ang company na to.. pero kaylangan namin ng evidence/proof na scam sila.. please we need your cooperation.. tulad nio ako din muntik ng mascam..

  • Marian R.

    Grabe sobrang thankful ako sa blog na to. Muntik nako mascam knina lang same scenario lahat. kaninang umaga may tumawag sakin Asia global travel agency daw sya named Teddy Gonzales then after 2 hrs daw dadalin na ng delivery boy ung discount card na may terminal tas iswipe daw nya ung card ko, same amount din 4000 daw. Habang nag sesearch ako sa internet regarding dun sa discount card wala ko masearch. Then nkaagaw ng pansin etong link na ito kya naclick ko. I found out na scam sila, habang nagbabasa ako ng comment eto na may kumatok na sa gate namin. Siya na daw ung sa travel agency binigay ung form sakin na dapat daw i-fill up then nkita ko FinAsia Global ang nkalagay sbi ko after nito ano gagawin mo sbi nya pahiram daw ng card ko. Sbi ko kakatawag ko lang sa bank kabilin bilinan sakin wag ko daw ibibigay or ipapakita ung card ko so, tas sinabi ko na din na kakabasa ko lang ng blog na scam daw kyo. Then dali dali sya nagpaalam at sabi nya di nya daw alam bago lang daw sya sa company. Ayun belat sila hindi nila ako naloko napakabait tlaga ni Lord sakin hindi nya ko hinayaan na maloko. Kaya sa iba maging vigilant po tayo sa lahat ng oras.
    Thanks God!
    To God be the glory!