Panibagong scam sa EDSA! Netizen shares horrible experience with the Sabunot Gang - The Daily Sentry

Panibagong scam sa EDSA! Netizen shares horrible experience with the Sabunot Gang

METRO MANILA - A commuter's life in Metro Manila entails a lot of challenges and requires not just courage but also vigilance and attentiveness. The horrible traffic, the heat, and the smoke are among the things a normal metro manila commuter has to defy. But the challenge does not end there.

Recent reports published in social media specifically on Facebook reveals a certain modus operandi that victimizes typical commuters. The perpetrators of this deceitful scam called the "Sabunot Gang" employ a unique thieving strategy towards their victims.

To raise awareness, a concerned netizen shared her particular experience. 


"A little heads-up: Beware of the Sabunot Gang. Nakaupo ako sa aisle ng bus cruising along EDSA Balintawak nang maramdaman ko na may humihila ng buhok ko.

As a commuter, sanay ka na doon pag may bumababa. Etong sabunot na ito, medyo matindi, na tipong mahahawakan mo yung kamay sa likod. Pero yun ang gusto nilang gawin mo. They want you to get your hands busy prying your hair free from their grip so you’re not holding your bag. And then another man in front of the guy reached out his hand to touch my hair saying sorry.

Syempre galit na ako at sinabing, “Wag mo hawakan ang buhok ko!” Tapos biglang nanglamig ako sa pagiging weird ng pangyayari nung maisip ko na yung cellphone ko nasa bag baka kinuha. Ayun pagdukot ko wala na. It seems there was another man involved to fish my phone out of my bag. The guy who tried to touch my hair, to cover my face, and disorient me or cover from other passengers, looked like a normal guy. Hindi nanglilimahid or masama itsura. They know their stuff. Modus na pala talaga sya. I didn’t know until last night. Next time, akapin na lang natin bag natin pag ganun."

This scam, according to other testimonies of citizens found in social media, had been around since 2014 which means that the "Sabunot Gang" has long been existing pesting normal Filipino commuters.

So to all commuters out there please be vigilant at all time coz who knows, you might now be commuting with the Sabunot Gang.

Source: When in Manila