Last week, I received an SMS from my compadre, a tour guide who’s based in Guimaras. He told me that he just gave a big discount to someone who claimed to be a “popular traveler blogger” and a “friend” of mine who visited and toured Guimaras last week.
Compadre: Comadre! How are you? Do you know J.H.P? She went here yesterday and gave her a discount because she told me you are friends. She also told me that she’s a popular travel blogger.
Me: Yes I know her, but we are NOT friends and most of all she’s NOT popular. Please be careful next time and text me prior to giving someone a discount. There are lots of people now who are posing to be someone.
Compadre: WOAH. One time I gave discount to someone who claimed to be your “cousin.” Don’t worry next time. I’ll be more careful and will text to confirm.
Me: WHAT? None of my cousins went to Guimaras! Alright, now be extra careful and always text me if someone is trying to fool you.
ADAPHOBIC.COM is committed to a budget friendly traveling but never did an outrageous form of haggling as this blog commits to helping locals earn a decent living.
It’s so sad to hear that there are now people who pose to be my “friend” or a relative of mine just to have a travel or tour discount in the said tourist spot and even claiming to be a popular blogger. This blog is NEVER connected to any blogger or to anyone who voluntarily ask for travel discounts or deals to a company or any travel services.
If you believe that someone is trying to pose to be connected to me, please verify his/her identity this by sending me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or Tweeting me at @adaphobic.
Update: I just found out that WHENINMANILA.com and AZRAELSMERRYLAND.blogspot.com was victimized by the same type of modus. However, in their case, fakers claimed that they were a representative or connected to them.