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noel wrote at 2007-10-15 01:24:49
Do not sent money to Philippines via mail.  There has been many instances where money, and cheques were lost in mail (ie. cheques from affiliate marketing companies, paypal, clickbank...etc).



There are also instances where subscription magazines are also lost.  Also be careful in sending items with value (ie. Jewelry).



If its a package containing things that doesn't contain money or items of value, then there is a big chance that nothing will happen to it.  


Ealing wrote at 2007-11-13 08:01:39
Never ever send money before meeting a person on the internet, Filipinas work in groups in net cafes in chat rooms and choosing targets, the stories are endless and so are the suckers.

Most of these women are married or related to one man, just recently a father and 3 daughters were caught in a net cafe doing the con, the owner alerted the police and they were arrested, and a search of the home found all receipts for western union and moneygram collections, they even scrounged mobile phones and laptops from unsuspecting suckers, pretending they needed it for their courses.

Once bitten twice shy.


john klerk wrote at 2008-03-05 01:48:12
********* AND regarding the Philippine Postal service I have more experience than most people as I have recently sent 59 boxes from Indonesia to Manila and EACH and EVERY box arrived. And this past May I sent two huge boxes of text books from Hawaii and both boxes arrived. And for at least the first 10 years we were open I use to send 100 post cards each and every year  to our guests from 83 countries around the world and they all made it. So personally I TRUST the Philippines Postal Service and think she most likely "HIT YOU WITH a DOUBLE PUNCH".************



Based on the answer above, books are hard to sell, so are postcards. Rally, my sister who lives in Virginia, sent $100 to my father last year. He never did receive it. While I caution you also from sending money to strangers, what I am saying is that not all of Philippine Postal Service's employees are all trustworthy. There will always be rotten apples. Always remember, it is never to expensive to be sure, send it through western union / if you are sending packages, use fedex, unless you are sending non sellable stuffs like old books. As for your lady friend, consider yourself lucky to be able to give to those in need. God Bless.



PS For you my friend who sends package through this institution, try sending an Ipod, let us see what happens.  


CaveManLawyer wrote at 2008-06-22 22:09:30
 Hey there, I feel for your situation.. I had a similiar experience recently with the philippine postal service. I have done a tremendous amount of research on them and what I have found about their corruption is staggering.. I sent a small box with jewelery worth 330 dollars through the US postal service and it has now been one month exactly and the girl it was intended for still hasn't received it.  I am one hundred percent confident in this girl due to the nature of our relationship.  The package was simply stolen or maybe seriously delayed for some retarded reason.  So here it is.. Their postal service website is a complete joke and it hasn't been updated in God knows how long. The email accounts of any top officials in their postal service are useless considering that they use yahoo email accounts that constantly stay full so that they cannot receive emails.. They have no real tracking system and last I heard they were one of the most corrupt postal services in the world.  On their website they talk about firing some 200 employees for theft but it obviously hasn't slowed down the corruption.  Here's my advice through this learning experience; Use fedex or UPS. Their employees are much more professional and the tract record is excellent.  Sorry to hear about your loss, keep on keeping on.


Sparky wrote at 2008-10-02 16:13:33
Hello Rally



I believe the problem is with the Philippines Postal System. I just sent an Express Mail package to a friend in Tipo and after 2 weeks it has yet to arrive. I just found out that it's in the Hermosa Post Office and they won't deliver it and I can't find why. I am seeing a Filipino woman myself and she a sweet, honest and sincere person. But on the other hand, since the Philippines is a poor Country there are those who will take you for a ride.  So be careful. And GOD HELPS THOSE WHO HELP OTHERS.


Angel wrote at 2009-01-23 08:23:30
Hello Rally.. I'm from Manila,Philippines. I'll go straight to the point.Philippine Postal Service has bad reputations with missing parcels/packages,etc. especially when it comes to valuable items like cash,jewelries & other expensive stuff.Recently,the government has implemented a strict drive to catch these people behind the missing valuables in the postal offices but of course,this cant be done overnight.I suggest you use bank transfers or yes, western union as a way of sending money.Although we have many poor people,not everybody is ill-mannered.We have also lots of nice,kind and gentle-hearted people,which is just the same as other races.As per the old lady, why not come visit and see for yourself if she is a con or not? Philippines is a very nice and lovely country.If you are a bit worried about your safety, there are a lot of local travel agencies w/ international affiliations and are offering travelling guide.Goodluck and God bless....


thatskie wrote at 2009-04-29 23:23:28
as i read all things written in here, i regret that i send package to my family in the Philippines that they never received them, as i really trust the post office service of the Philippines, as i9 discovered now i am very disappointed,i was feel bad coz i work hard to get those things for my family but then in just a wink they are all gone...no choice coz i cant claim where the package goes, mahirap na nga ang pinas sinira pa ang image nito, kainis...


babesk wrote at 2009-05-25 16:00:41
Hi! Rally,

I am a filipina and married an american guy, for what I read in your story I feel really bad and I hate if someone take advantage especially a person from my country, not all filipinos are good same as in any country, next time if involved money thats means the person is not the right person for you, looking for a relatinship, not involve money, if someone ask you money thats means, this person is materialistic person and not a person to be serious about.


BRISO48 wrote at 2011-10-03 06:21:44
I POSTED TWO ARTICLES TO BACOLOD CITY PHILIPPINES,, from TASMANIA, COSTING ME IN TOTAL $46.25, ONE BEING REGISTERED, THEY ARE NOW SITTING IN THE POST OFFICE THERE, AS BEING CLAIMED BY THE RECEIVER, BUT SHE INFORMS ME THE POSTAL SERVICE THERE WONT GIVE HER UNTILL SHE PAYS FOR POSTAGE STAMPS PLUS A 12% VAT COST ON ARTICLES THAT I DECLARED MY END WITH CUSTOMS, WHICH PASSED THROUGH OUR CUSTOMS TO BE SITTING IN A POSTAL BRANCH IN BACOLOD CITY,, IS THIS NOT RIPPING OFF THE CUSTOMER,, YOU PAY FOR SOMETHING TO BE POSTED INTERNATIONAL, IT PASSES ALL OUR RULES REGULATIONS WITH CUSTOMS, FOR IT TO BE SITTING THERE IN PHILIPPINES, A POSTAL BRANCH THE PERSON HAS CLAIMED IT BUT THEY WONT RELEASE TILL SHE PAYS THEM A FEE,, WHAT A SCAM,, THE PHILIPPINE POSTAL SERVICE MAKE MONEY OUT OF THE RECEIVER FOR A PARCEL, GIFTS I SENT HER, THAT I BOUGHT AND PAYED FOR TO POST TO HER,,, HERE IN AUSTRALIA DO WE PAY FOR SOMETHING WE RECEIVE  IN THE POST NO,, SO WHOS RIPPING WHO OFF,, TELL ME


Not Suprised wrote at 2011-12-05 03:20:55
I know full well of the "VAT Customs TAX FEE" I send 12 boxes from the USA to here in the Philippines. Each one was assessed a fee. Not only did the worker turn a blind eye to it, she was not even helpful at all. After 47 days awaiting the 1st set of packages, I went to the postal office with my copies from the US Postal Service. I Asked why and where are my packages. Reply I recieved that they are in customs. Hmm, I only rec'd one that day. ONLY after I had to pay a bogus fee. I went to the same office a week later with my wife. THe clerk once again turned a blind eye to me. Well I would not stand for the pathetic service this time. The worker there ignored me and my english , only giving me a blank stare. However, she did converse with my wife in Tagalog. I made it very clear to them I am not happy with thier service and bogus charges.



I told the lady she had failed in the Mission statement -



Mission and Vision Statement



The Philippine Postal Corporation is a profitably operating corporation, professionally managed and run by a corps of committed personnel providing the highest quality and widest range of postal products and services that adequately meet customers’ needs in all areas of the country and throughout the world. It values performance excellence, customer care, company loyalty and genuine concern for employees’ welfare.



She just looked at me again with a blank stare like I was not even there. I explained to the worker I filed a complaint and want resolution to this issue of lazy pathetic service.



Furthermore -



Below is part of an e-mail I rec’d from my Mother who resides in USA.

Received your Christmas card in today’s mail. Must have

come via the air or something….sure was fast getting here! Pretty card,wonderful message and we know that it was filled with love from both! I was a little upset to see that it had been handled roughly though there was a rip on each side and also one smack dab in the top edge of the envelope.

The card only had the center top ripped about 3/4 of an inch. The gold stone like on the Christmas tree was intact. We appreciate it very much.



Would Phil Post care to explain this?? The only thing they are out for is themselves. Pathetic that you can not trust a Govt Postal Employee here in the Philippines. Trying to line their own pockets with other peoples hard earned gifts. There is no excuse for this, pure and simple it is THEFT. Oh, and do not expect a straight honest answer form them either, only lame excuses as to why this happens.



It’s as if Filipino Postal culture does not acknowledge the existence of complaints about poor service , and thus are in denial of reality. So your complaint is not even really heard or understood. They don’t want to hear it and are unable to respond to it.




James wrote at 2012-02-25 23:49:38
I too have been a victim of Phils so called  Postal Service?.It has to be the most corrupt I have ever had the misfortune to come across.I have sent clothes for children of a friend of mine which have disappeared into thin air, gifts for my friends have gone missing,even items from a registered mail have vanished,even cards have never arrived, I am completely disgusted at all this and at every opportunity will tell people never to send anything to Phils and if they do and it does not arrive,to complain to anyone that will listen,, this situation with the postal service in Phils is an affront to Filipino people everywhere. people


Mia wrote at 2012-12-15 06:56:05
I experienced the same thing. The package my cousin from US sent me arrived 3 months late. It's supposed to arrive in time for Christmas, but it arrived in March. But they even made us pay for a tax of Php1420. Later, we discovered that the camera in the packaged has scratched/damaged lens and the SD card is missing. It was very disappointing, indeed.



Then  just this October, we ordered a book from Better World Books It hasn't arrived until. So it was declared lost in mail. Good thing, Better World Books refunded the payment.



I don't think I will ever buy something online again. There is no guarantee that it'll arrive at your doorstep -- what with corrupt postal service employees like that who makes you pay unreasonable fees.  


Tony wrote at 2013-01-28 05:35:49
Sad sad sad, I too was victimized recently with postal theft in the Philippines. I sent a digital camera for Christmas to my girlfriend, she never received it. Though she warned me about frequent thefts in their postal system I was foolish enough to send it anyway. She did tell me how a friend of a friend of a friend who works in the customs section of the postal service gets his hands on electronic equipment and sells it to family and friends or on ebay so go figure, if you can't trust officials who can you trust, if its bad at the top, rest assured its worse at the bottom, I will never be mailing letters or packages to that corrupt nation again. Good luck all.  


AsiaBill wrote at 2013-02-02 13:52:50
we have had the opposite experience with the Philippine Postal service as mentioned above and received ALL of the 60+ boxes we sent from various locations in S.E. Asia and for many years sent post cards to our world traveler guests who often replied back to us with post cards from their countries and we received so many we were able to create a mural on the wall of our Townhouse Hotel / Hostel.  


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