Woman cries foul over ‘jewelry scam’

A 51-YEAR-OLD woman reported to police recently after having fully paid the jewelry through a lay-away plan but did not receive the items she ordered.

Neriza Geonzon Valdez, 51, a resident of Greenville Subdivision, Barangay Lahug, Cebu City, also went to SunStar Cebu to let the public know about her fate.

Valdez reported to Talisay City Police Station on October 10 that she was scammed by a certain Mary Joy Gimoros, of legal age, a resident of Block 9, Lot 15, Villa Donna, Barangay Biasong, Talisay City, Cebu.

She narrated that she ordered pieces of jewelry worth P90,000 from Gimoros through a lay-away plan through the suspect’s messenger account.

Valdez said she trusted Gimoros because she is the friend of her sibling.

She said she paid the jewelry on an installment basis for four months from June 8, 2021 until September 6, 2021.

But when she contacted Gimoros to get her order after having completed the payment, she was told by the latter that she had to wait for two weeks as the shipment had not yet arrived.

Her doubts started to arise when, after two weeks, she could not anymore contact Gimoros, who allegedly used several accounts on social media.

Valdez said she decided to post on the internet about what the suspect did to her.

She said Gimoros chatted her on the messenger that she was greatly embarrassed by her post.

On November 10, Valdez came back to the station to file a case against Gimoros.

Valdez said she also wanted the incident published in the newspaper to let the public know about the modus of Gimoros.

She said she learned when she went to the police station that three more persons also filed similar complaints against Gimoros.

Police Lieutenant Colonel Randy Caballes, chief of Talisay City Police Station, warned the public not to trust anybody and advised them to instead invest their money in legitimate jewelry stores. (BBT, TPT)