Japanese robbed of P33,000 in valuables by fake talent scout


MANILA, Philippines — A Japanese national who wanted to try a modelling career ended up getting duped by a man who pretended to be a talent manager and carted away her personal belongings and cash.

Shum Honda, 21, pointed to a certain Danny Francisco as the fake manager who got her black bag containing a Samsung tablet worth P20,000, a Samsung phone worth P6,000 and P7,000 cash.

Senior Police Officer 4 George Villanueva, the case investigator, said the victim went to the Kamuning police station to complain about the theft, which happened at a restaurant along Timog Avenue in Barangay (village) Sacred Heart at around 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.

The victim first met the suspect as she was walking along Edsa in Mandaluyong City. The man was able to convince the girl to try a modelling career.

Honda was enticed to go with the suspect to a restaurant near GMA 7, where the girl was told to try on some outfits to demonstrate her modelling skills.

The girl went to the restroom to change her clothes, leaving behind her belongings which the suspect carted away.

Villanueva theorized that the Japanese was duped by a skillful con artist who had victimized other people.

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  • go88

    Manila never changes …

  • $5699914

    Evil men still persists in the metro…

  • Guest

    To the slow thinking people at GMA-7 – or perhaps some model company. They should take advantage of this situation and see if Shum Honda has what it takes to be a model, and make an offer.

  • Jojo Griffin

    One rule of thumb…Don’t talk to strangers…

  • boybakal

    Villanueva theorized that the Japanese was duped by a skillful con artist who had victimized other people.

    Good theory…..

  • Diepor

    That con has been around for years in different ways. People are naive

  • DGuardian

    Ang Department of Tourism ay gumagasta ng bilyung-bilyong piso sa advertisements at pagpro-promote at para bisitahin ng mga foreigners ang Pilipinas , pero wala naman silang ginagawa para protektahan ang mga foreign tourists na nabighani at naniwala sa mga mapanlokong ads na ibinabayad nilang maisa-puibliko sa iba’t ibang bansa. Paulit-ulit na lamang na ninanakawan at kung minsan ay kini-kidnap pa at pinapatay ang mga banyagang turista ,nguni’t ito ay ipinagwawalang bahala ng DOT at ng mismong gobyerno, pulisya, NBI, at iba pang mga sangay na nakatalaga sa pagpapatupad ng law and order sa Pilipinas. Mabuti pang itigil ninyo na ang pagpapapunta sa mga foreigners sa Pilipinas kung sila ay magiging biktima lang ng mga Pilipino na talamak na ang pagnanakaw at pag-gawa ng kasamaan sa kapwa.

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