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Netizen Shares Discovery of Tampered BPI ATM in BGC

At around 9:30 PM on December 2, 2014, netizen FJ Castle shares his discovery of a tampered BPI ATM in Bonifacio Global City, the one behind FullyBooked near W-Building, reports The Dailypedia.

He posted the discovery on Facebook to serve as warning to other ATM users who might have used the machine in the past days. Because he had no idea when the tampering actually happened, he advised everyone who used the machine to change their PINs as soon as possible.

The Tampered Machine

According to his Facebook post, FJ Castle was withdrawing money at the BPI ATM when he noticed something odd with the machine.

ATM skimming keypad
Photo credit: FJ Castle/Facebook

He soon found a dummy keypad embedded with microchips, presumably to record keystrokes made by the ATM user for later use in their withdrawal using fake cards.

ATM skimming keypad
Photo credit: FJ Castle/Facebook

FJ Castle said he found an apparatus (which also had a microchip) on the card slot. Using skimmed data from the card slot, the criminals can create fake cards.

Because they are able to record the card details plus the keystrokes on the keypad, the criminals can duplicate a card and withdraw money from the unsuspecting user’s funds.

ATM skimming card slot
Photo credit: FJ Castle/Facebook

The bank’s clients can be refunded the stolen money but they have to report the incident. The bank will conduct an investigation which could take a few days or a few weeks to finish before they refund the money back!

Imagine what a hassle that would be if it happens to you this coming Christmas season.

Thus, FJ Castle recommends that all people who used the ATM machine should change their PINs immediately. It is also an excellent idea to regularly check your online records for fraudulent withdrawals so these can be reported immediately to your bank.

How to Protect Yourself from ATM Fraud

ATM skimming and fraud is rampant across the country, but most especially in Metro Manila.

To protect yourself from ATM fraud, always be alert for signs of tampering – such as those described by FJ Castle. Sometimes, fraudsters install a tiny camera to record the keystrokes done by the user, so it would be a good idea to cover the keypad with your other hand. However, if the keypad itself is tampered, then that action would be somewhat useless but it often pays to be cautious.

It is better to be safe than sorry.

Also, make sure to change your PIN immediately after suspecting that the ATM you used looks weird or tampered. Trust your gut instinct.

If you discover something odd, weird, or out of place, report it to the bank staff immediately.

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Creative Pinoy Guy Makes Realistic Action Figures from Rubber Scraps

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A lot of Filipinos are not just creative, they are also clever in that they can find ways to make the most of their situation. One such guy is Elmer Padilla, a street artist who makes realistic action figures from rubber scraps.

His story was shared on Facebook by netizen Adrian Soriano Bernabe who posted about his craft on the GUHIT Pinas public group page. According to Bernabe, he got curious why there were people crowding around Padilla one day while he was at the public market in Imus, Cavite.

Photo credit: Adrian Soriano Bernabe‎ / GUHIT Pinas – Facebook

He went closer to check out what was going on and discovered that the people were crowding around Padilla because of his awesome action figures. The toys looked so realistic and incredibly detailed that it was quite difficult to believe these were made from discarded flipflops and other rubber scraps.

If Bernabe had not seen Padilla create some of the action figures, he probably wouldn’t believe the ones the vendor was selling really came from the rubber scraps. Indeed, it’s difficult to believe that but this only means Padilla is a highly talented artist.

Photo credit: Adrian Soriano Bernabe‎ / GUHIT Pinas – Facebook

Bernabe said that Padilla had a lot of action figures there, including Deadpool, Hellboy, some Transformers robots, and various well-known superheroes and characters. But the artist in him did not just stop at figures he can copy from existing creations because he also made his own robot designs.

Photo credit: Adrian Soriano Bernabe‎ / GUHIT Pinas – Facebook

According to the amazed netizen whose story was later posted on Viral Manila, he learned that Padilla hails from Catbalogan, Samar but had gone to Cavite to try his luck there. His main bread and butter is being a construction worker but he enjoys making the action figures on his free time and sells his craft to interested customers.

What are Action Figures?

Action figures are dolls or little figures that represent a real person or a fictional character known for ‘vigorous action’. These poseable characters often come with jointed limbs to allow the owner to change how the character looks.

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Diligent Grade 12 Student Sells Corn to Go to Private School

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Working students are truly inspiring because they found a way to solve the challenge of not having enough money, as long as they can go to school. Netizens express admiration over a young man who sells corn so he can go to school.

Facia Lois Estive shared on Facebook how she and a friend were just having some snacks when the latter noticed that the vendor selling corn across the street was wearing a school uniform. The two observed that there were a lot of people buying from this young man.

It was only when most of the customers had finished buying corn that Facia and her friend went closer to check out this inspiring young man.

Photo credit: Facia Lois Estive / Facebook

They learned that he is already in Grade 12, taking up the Humanities and Social Sciences (HUMSS) strand at the University of the East (UE), a private educational institution in Manila, Philippines.

During his free time, this hardworking student sells corn and remits his earnings so he could pay for his tuition fees!

At the time Facia and her friend took his photos, the student was wearing a uniform and a pair of slippers but he revealed that he usually changes into ‘civilian’ clothes.

Photo credit: Facia Lois Estive / Facebook

Inspired by this young man, Facia shared his story and photos on Facebook where it quickly went viral.

While they had forgotten to ask for his name, they later discovered that he is Joel Mendiola. His Facebook account confirms that he’s from UE and that he’s not ashamed about selling corn even if he studies at a private school – because it is the very reason why he can go to school, after all.

Kudos to you, Joel Mendiola! Good luck.

What is a Working Student?

As the term implies, a working student is someone who earns money in various ways so he/she could go to school. A lot of schools

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Ferrari Insult Reportedly Gave Rise to Lamborghini

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Most business owners need an inspiration to start their business but it is widely believed that an insult by Ferrari’s owner would lead to the rise of the Lamborghini brand.

Born to grape farmers of Cento in the Emilia-Romagna region, Italy, a man named Ferruccio Elio Arturo Lamborghini would use his knowledge as a mechanic to start a business of tractor manufacturing back in 1948.

He would also launch several businesses but his prowess as a tractor manufacturer would bring the Lamborghini name much fame. As he grew richer, Lamborghini began to collect expensive cars – and he had a Ferrari, a Jaguar, and a Mercedes 300 SL, among others.

According to several stories, Lamborghini encountered problems with the clutch of his Ferrari. So, he went to the brand’s founder and owner Enzo Anselmo Ferrari to talk about the issue but was allegedly insulted as the latter told him to stick to making tractors and stop dabbling with the manufacturing of cars – or so the urban legend goes…

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After getting insulted by Ferrari, Lamborghini was so angry that he began to build his own brand of cars to specifically become Ferrari’s competitor. Soon enough, the Lamborghini brand would catch up with the Ferrari brand and became a well-known manufacturer of fast cars, taking a chunk off Ferrari’s market.

Even to this day, it’s hard to say who is more popular, Ferrari or Lamborghini. But what’s quite amazing is that if the story of the insult was for real, then Ferrari made one of the biggest mistakes in his life when he insulted Lamborghini.

But it would seem that the ‘insult’ thing was just urban legend. On a biography posted on Lambo Cars, the writer claimed that Ferrari refused to meet Lamborghini regarding his complaint; thus, if they never met to talk about it, then the ‘insult’ couldn’t have happened.

How Did Lamborghini Fix His Broken Ferrari?

As to how Lamborghini fixed his broken Ferrari, the same biography wrote:

He noticed the clutch fitted to this Ferrari wasn’t any different from the ones Lamborghini mounted in their tractors, so he drove the Ferrari to the Cento factory and had a Borg & Beck clutch installed straight from the parts list of one if the tractor models … the problem never returned after that.

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