The story of an old lady who’s probably in her late 70s by now is making the rounds again on social media; this after an alleged attempt to coax a woman to donate blood.
Apparently, other people have also encountered the Lola (elderly woman) who went viral years ago after a number of incidents involved her approaching strangers to ask for blood donations for her daughter (sometimes for grandchild) who she said has leukemia.
The earliest story about her reportedly took place in 2010; when a certain Abie Santos posted a scary encounter involving the old woman whom she said is not really someone who needed help, but is actually a part of a syndicate who preys on innocent people by asking for blood donations. Santos said she’ll try to coax you to come with her for the blood donation but she became alert after she was warned by a security guard not to go with the old woman.
“Beware of this woman,” said another FB user named Angeles on her Facebook post in April 2014; cautioning others to be wary of the woman in the post.
Angeles said that she met the same elderly woman along the streets of Metro Manila; saying “She was crying and begging for a blood donation for her daughter who is confined at Ospital ng Makati (Makati Hospital) because of Leukemia.”
Despite the old woman’s insistence to accompany her to the hospital for possible blood donation, Angeles, however, opted not to go with her as she was with her son and nanny who were already waiting for her, and instead gave the old woman her money amounting to P160 — a move which Angeles thought have momentarily appeased the old woman of her desperate situation.
However, upon returning home, Angeles learned later through her daughter that going with the Lola might have dragged her into a worrisome scenario.
“I am thankful that I was with my son and his nanny at the time because who knows what would have happened to me if I went with her and I’m also thankful for my daughter for informing me of this possible scam,” said Angeles.
Another netizen also shared in 2015 a similar experience when she saw a post about the alleged doubtful elderly asking for blood donors.
Many noticed that the old woman have been hopping to different places – Quezon City, Ortigas. Pasig, Taguig, to Makati, among others.
“Pansinin nyo, pa iba iba sya ng lugar, from Quezon City, to Pasig to Taguig, to Makati, magtaka kayo kung paano niya na iikot yung mga places na yun. If this is syndicate, Hindi lang si Lola ang hawak nila, marami pa, pwedeng naka assign sila sa ibang provinces, better warn nyo n lng mga love ones nyo, I train nyo sila na hwag sumama sa hindi nila kilala, kahit yung reason is sobrang nakakaawa. Syndicate is like a business, hindi kikita yan, pag hindi magbrabranch out yan.”
Well, the most recent viral post about the old woman took place on July 28 in Ortigas and an update tells us she was again seen in Taytay, Rizal.
An update shows that her case has been forwarded to the Precinto Uno in Pasig and efforts are being exerted to find her. To date, a video has been shared where she is seen using the same modus of blood donation. Yes, from 2010 ’til now.
Tamundong didn’t let the matter rest; if only to confirm if the old woman is indeed a scammer, a part of a syndicate or just a helpless old woman who take advantage of people’s kindness because of her personal needs. Because if the latter is the case, perhaps assistance would truly pour to lift her living conditions so she won’t have to scam people into believing that her daughter has leukemia and in need of blood donors.