If you have ever been victimized by these sort of text scams, please comment below.
We just want to get an idea of how many people have been affected by this.
Last February 28, I was surprised when I received a text message from Gamepad telling me that I am suddenly registered to them.
I DID NOT REGISTER TO ANYTHING.
No way at all did I ever register to Gamepad. I never play games on my phone, it is only used mainly for calls & texts, social media, taking pictures, checking emails and Waze. I am not a gamer and I prefer to watch shows instead of gaming.
Here’s the screenshot of the text messages:
Knowing that it’s better if I show the screenshot to Globe, I chose to report it via Twitter and not over the phone. I did not have time that day to take care of it since I was out, so I only reported it to Globe’s Twitter Customer Service, @talk2globe, last March 2.
Some of my friends have already told me about these kinds of subscription scams and how their prepaid load was being eaten up by these scammy charges. Anyway, I had my screenshot, and I thought that reporting this to Globe and resolving this would be fast and easy. Well, I thought wrong!
Buti nalang I always keep my Globe prepaid balance at ZERO and keep all my prepaid money in GCASH, as I described here. Whenever I need to subscribe to something, say, Gotscombodd70, I just go to GCash and reload P70, and then promptly register to Gotscombodd70, and my prepaid balance is back at ZERO. These scams are why (and also because I don’t like my prepaid load expiring).
So, I have no idea if Gamepad is eating any of my prepaid load because my prepaid load is ZERO. But, a close friend of mine has been victimized by this, and he gets P2.50 to P5.00 deducted every day before he got that resolved.
REPORTING THE GAMEPAD SCAM
If you do a quick Google search for “gamepad scam” you’ll see that many people have already been victimized by this.
Anyway, I reported this to Globe:
To be honest, I didn’t really mind the long response time. I first reported it at around 6 PM, but their next reponse was around 10 PM. What really bothered me was the robotic response and how they did not address my concerns. They just copy-pasted their spiel! Can they not chat like a normal person? Here I am, reporting a scam, worried if my prepaid load will be deducted next time when I reload, tapos, deadma sila!
For the NTH time, I did not subscribe to Gamepad!!!
Are they kidding? Nope, unfortunately not. P2.50 BALANCE IS REQUIRED just to unsubscribe from this scam that I never subscribed to in the first place??? Not gonna happen.
OH, MY F*&$#@G %$# HOW MANY TIMES DO I HAVE TO REPEAT MY CONCERN?
I was getting really, really ballistic at this point, but still trying to be civil. Check out the time stamp, it’s almost 4 AM already! I was just happy someone from Globe was answering, even if it’s all robotic responses.
TOO PISSED OFF TO CARE
At this point, I was just too pissed off to have them address my other concerns. At least the main concern about getting unsubscribed was resolved, hopefully. We’ll see. I have not yet received any message from 2151 telling me that I have been unsubscribed from their scam.
I am not replying STOP to some scammy number that I never even subscribed to in the first place. Feedback from other people who have been scammed say that unsubscribing doesn’t stop the daily charges, anyway.
I will never, ever, ever subscribe to any of these scams. The only things I will ever register for are Globe promos to official Globe numbers like 8080.
- Is Globe aware that Gamepad is a scam?
- If so, what are they doing about it?
- Also, how did I even get subscribed in the first place?
- And is there a way to opt out of all these scams???
Sound off in the comments!
Update: March 6, 2017
I received a text message from Globe yesterday telling me that they have processed my request to stop receiving messages from gamepad. So far, I have not received any more texts from gamepad and I assume that Globe has blocked them from my number. I do wish Globe had been more specific about it and flat out told me that gamepad will never deduct anything from my prepaid load ever again.
Even though this is resolved, I am still very pissed off that I was even subscribed in the first place. Nananahimik ako tapos biglang nasasubscribe sa scam. It was also such a waste of time to report this and have it unsubscribed!
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