Reported By: Dheeraj
Merchant Amazon center Ecomm Philippines branch Bangalore
I received a notification from google while searching for part time jobs.
I acknowledged the invitation that loaded the WhatsApp page.
The Agent’s Name was Trisha Ann I. Rodrigues (+63-9310334517) from Philippines.
The Agent explained me about how I can earn income on Amazon Merchant Platform investing little amounts.
I was provided a joining bonus of 100/- and then was asked to recharge for 200/- which I did to complete a order purchase.
I in-return was able to withdraw 320/- for the first time.
The second task was to complete 2 orders at the time and was a total amount of 660+499, I again recharged for 1159/- and was able to complete the task.
The next task was tricky, the agent said I will have to complete 3 tasks similar way to earn my commission.
I assumed it will be of similar amount and said okay.
The first order in task 3 was for an amount of 2560/-, I recharged and completed the task, the next one was 7500/-, I checked with the agent and as she confirmed its only 3-5 random tasks and you will have a chance to make good money if you complete the whole task. So I agreed and recharged and completed the order.
The next order was for an amount of 18999, I asked the agent to stop this order and return my money back, she said once I complete 3 tasks, I will be able to withdraw the total amount, I was skeptical and went ahead and recharged and completed the order.
The problem started when I got continuously more tasks in level 3 in order to retrieve my money. I stated that I wanted to end this and want to withdraw my money.
The agent told she can’t help withdraw the money as it’s “Frozen”, All this happened on 11/11/2021.
The agent informed her shift ends at 11:30 PM and ended the conversation and the next day, on 12/11/2021 the agent texts me on WhatsApp requesting my next move. I made it clear that I wanted to end this show and get my money back, so the agent informed that the alternative is to recharge the same amount frozen so we they can unfreeze and help me withdraw the money, the amount frozen was 46781/-.
I had no other choice but to get my money back by recharging, So I recharged for 46718/- to the UPI ID’s shared.
Once I recharged, the agent came up telling my money is “unfreeze” now and I can withdraw the amount.
The amount was a total of 133436.45 (46718+46718+bonus of 40,000)
I had agreed to withdraw where in the we process the withdrawal and the withdrawal “Failed”
When asked for the reason, the agent informed that the finance team informed her that I need to pay GST.
I explained that GST gets deducted and the amount gets transferred and which didn’t happen, so the agent sends a image of PNB (Philippine National Bank) requesting me to pay 24018 as “Central Goods and Services Charge”
I informed I can’t pay that and then the agent said that if I complete level 3 tasks, the company will pay the GST and I will be able to withdraw the cash without additional money.
I had completed 3 tasks and the agent confirmed that it will be 3-5 random tasks with commission, I had no other option but to agree because my money was stuck in the online account (merchant account).
The next task was for a total amount of 109900/-, The amount was huge I was skeptical, but the agent assured me that the money is safe and can be withdrew once the tasks are complete. I took a chance and made the transaction. So the next task finally appears which is an amount of 59900/-, I was clearly told that If I complete 3-5 tasks (5 tasks maximum) I can withdraw my money without paying a single buck. I somehow arranged the money completed the transaction and then get another task (6th task), I raged on the agent stating the company is a fraud and is taking my money. The agent agreed to what I said and texted me separately on “Telegram”.
The agent texted me on telegram stating that she is sorry and she wants to help me, I was happy that my money will be returned, she told she unfreeze some amount (1,93,780 – which included commission). I begged her to return the money, she said she cannot help until the tasks are complete. I looked into the task and the amount needed was 2,98200/-.
I confirmed that I was being looted and asked her to return my money in a descent way, she then said that she’d help me out and added additional 35000 and 240 requesting me to arrange 50000/- so we can get the level completed and have my money. I was scared as all my money was locked on this merchant account and hence requested my friends to help, after I paid 50,000 the agent again started making excused and informed was in short of 16460/-. I was frustrated and wanted all of this to end so I went ahead and paid the total amount and completed level 3.
I invested a total of approx. 3,10,000/- and the total amount with commission after I completed level 3 was 1056498. I requested them to just help me withdraw the amount I invested and the agent said she can’t do that but can help me withdraw the whole amount.
I was afraid and wanted my money back, so I agreed to what was told to me and applied for a withdrawal, the agent informed that the withdrawal will take 30 ,minutes to 1 hour time.
I applied for a withdrawal and waited for an hour, I didn’t receive any money and on the application, the withdrawal failed. I tried contacting the agent multiple times but there was no answer on 11/12.
The whole night on 12/11 I waited for my money. I had nothing.
The next morning the agent finally acknowledges my texts and says that the money will be processed within 30 minutes to 1 hrs. as the finance team had logged out on 12/11 and couldn’t process my request.
Hours pass by but no signs of money being deposited to the account.
The agent comes back telling that the finance team has paid 18% GST to Indian Govt. as the company is situated in Philippine’s, They also sent me a fake Swift copy.
Then I requested when can I expect the money transferred to the account, they come up with a new story and started requesting me to transfer them 1,26,779.76 INR as a security deposit for the bank to process my funds, they stated that if I don’t complete this transaction within 24 – 48 hrs. time they’ll delete my account (terminate) and I will loose all my money.
I raged and informed them I need all the money invested immediately else I will have to report this crime.
The agent with a smile says on call that I can do what ever but will not be able to get my money unless I pay 12% of the amount that was supposed to be transferred.
The agent also asked the merchant to talk to me, his name was Ravi Shankar (+63-995-106-1604) said he was from Ludhiana but resided in Philippines from past 13 years, he provoked me to pay else forget all the money I invested.
PLEASE HELP ME in getting this sorted,,,, I’VE DESTROYED ALL MY SAVINGS ON THIS APPLICATION.
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