Wednesday, March 21, 2012

BEWARE: Mango-ong Franchise Scam!


That original Mango-ong post was a long read, so I decided to split the post into two. If you're looking for the MO/franchise scam post, you're on the right track. Read on.

I am a Mango-ong addict. It's official. I have it once a week. More if I run errands at SM, where you are most likely to find a kiosk or cart.

A few months ago, while searching for franchise information on Mango-ong, I came across a Facebook page. I liked the page (as I love the brand) and recently got this in my inbox:

BEWARE! Mango-ong is currently not open for Franchise. Don't be duped. 
Two weeks ago, I learned from BG, a good friend and ex-coworker (one I haven't been in touch with for years - he isn't on Facebook) that they actually own this gem of a business. WOW. We spent two hours on the phone discussing how he and his wife AG came up with the idea (they also own Chicharon Espesyal) and how they prayed for Mango-ong. And APPARENTLY, THEY HAVE NOT OFFERED FRANCHISING PACKAGES FOR MANGOONG.

So who owns the Mango-ong account on Facebook, pretending to be Mango-ong AND offering the business for franchise? 

I asked BG about that and about the letter I had received. He already had a name. And was quick to send me articles about this man posing as legit owner of Mango-ong. Man, if this poser owned Mango-ong, then why does my friend own and operate all Mango-ong branches in leading malls?

Apparently, this guy (not the same name on the letter above, but a certain JAC) has been a business copycat since who-knows-when. If you google for his name, you will find him in the middle of lawsuits for pretending to be this and that, and duping honest Filipinos of their hard-earned money. It is the same MO (modus operandi) he is now doing with Mango-ong. To date, there have been a number of so-called franchisees calling the legit Mango-ong office, asking for help because the poser can no longer be found. Having charged the would-be franchisee a sum of P400,000 for franchise fees and start-up stock/ equipment, he no longer shows up after receiving the lump sum.

And because BG and his original Mango-ong DOES NOT and currently has no plans to offer the business as franchise, these "investors" are at a loss. And as much as BG would want to help out these victims, clearly, he is also a victim here, what with this JAC guy using the Mango-ong business to his advantage and to the disadvantage of hapless Filipinos.

Already, legit Mango-ong stalls around the metro and nearby provinces have put up disclaimers denouncing the claim that they have offered the business for franchise. And for the general public to be aware of the ongoing scam... A scam that is well-thought of and well-planned! Apparently, would-be investors are even shown a commissary and a mango farm!

See that piece of paper? That disclaimer says they are NOT open for franchise.
The actual notice posted on all kiosks and carts of Mango-ong.  Potential investors, BEWARE!
I had asked BG about the likelihood of having competitors (as is with any booming Filipino business, competitors usually appear within the first 3 months of operation), and he actually doesn't mind the competition. But for a business whose name and concept have both been used maliciously to dupe clueless individuals? Then it is cause for concern, and of course, a lawsuit. Mind you, the Mango-ong poser JAC uses the same trade name AND logo, as well as kiosk design, concept, etc. What can be the motive behind the act of using the same trade name, logo and concept BUT to fool people into thinking you are the real thing.

Well people, I am sorry to say, it is NOT the real thing. Nope, there is only one Mango-ong.

EDIT: Mango-ong IPO Decision here. Don't be duped!


May I ask you readers to share this information on your social media accounts, blog, etc. such that we get the word out? Thank you.

http://www.mango-ong.com

Official Mango-ong Page on Facebook
Follow Mango-ong on Twitter
TRACK BACK: Read my review on Mango-ong HERE.

67 comments:

  1. Firstwivesclub,

    If you are realy wanted to warn our fellow investors about scam, you have to post your real name and contact nos. ang dali lang naman manira ng company eh. kaya ko rin sabihin na scam ang jolibee pero diko ipopost name ko diba? give us your name and contacts then proove to us para dina kami mabiktima. Thanks.

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    1. Ano napatunayan mo sa Prudent?

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    2. thank you ms kaye for giving us detailed information. I am one of the victim ng tao na yan..name nya Jessie Cutillas, until now ang case na na i file ko still sa judge pa. I hope and pray that God is with me always. sa case na file ko against sa mag asawa na yan. actually lima kaming magkakasama na suppose to be mag file ..dahil sa financial problem ng iba ko pa kasamahan na scam hindi sila naka usad..Thank God still standing to fight. sa pagbabasa ko at search nakita ko ang site na to..hope will spread the info para wala nasilang mahikayat na tao. :(

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  2. Dear Anonymous,

    First of all, I am in no way connected to Mango-ong.

    Secondly, why are you questioning the validity of my blog when I think I have posted enough evidence as GIVEN TO ME by the REAL owners and operators of Mango-ong. I think SUFFICIENT EVIDENCE at that.

    Third, I don't think I have to prove anything because this post CONTAINS ALL INFORMATION YOU NEED TO CONTACT MANGO-ONG'S HEAD OFFICE TO VERIFY THE CLAIM ON THIS BLOG POST.

    So, "para di ka mabiktima" and para klaro po tayo at ma-prove ko sa yo na totoo na may scam na ganito, call GREEN MANGO-ONG FOODS CORP and ASK THEM ABOUT IT. The warning I posted came from their owner.

    MANGO-ONG FOODS CORP, 984-7855.

    Sincerely, K

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  3. Green Mango-Ong Foods CorporationApril 24, 2012 at 7:02 AM

    We would like to reiterate that we, Green Mango-ong Foods Corporation, are not franchising our Mango-Ong business and have not authorized any.

    Please beware of unscrupulous individuals or entities purporting to be the owner of the Mango-ong business in order to obtain franchise fees from unwitting investors.

    Should you like to verify, please call our office number at Tel No. 984-7855 and we would gladly assist you.

    Thank you.

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    1. Congratulations for winning the IPO case against prudent! May God continue to bless you. May our Lord help us to put the scammers into jail.

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    2. I'm glad you won the IPO case against scammer prudent. I hope that they all go to jail.

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  4. sorry, but I just have to say that the anonymous person who made the first comment deserves to lose his/her money in some bogus investment.

    that being said k, you can tell your friend/owner I can take down the fake mango-ong pages. *wink*

    free mango-ong lang katapat ko!

    ♥ m

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    1. Lol! I think the case is already in court, and I believe Mr. Scammer Copycat has been in and out of jail because of the many charges brought against him by different investors.

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  5. sorry, but I just have to say that the anonymous person who made the first comment deserves to lose his/her money in some bogus investment.

    that being said k, you can tell your friend/owner I can take down the fake mango-ong pages. *wink*

    free mango-ong lang katapat ko!

    ♥ m

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  6. I was a victim of this scammer copycat. I just wonder why they can still do business? why does the company P*****t still exist? I'll be filing legal case against this certain JAC. who is a member of a known religious group in the country...hmmm..i'll keep you guys posted, we will put this into stop.karma is now digital and I know its on its way now to chase these people who grabbed hard-earned money. I'll make sure, they all go to jail. (again, for the nth time..)so help me God, please..

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    1. Oh no! I hope you find a way to get your investment back!

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    2. what happen na sa case mo ? still in court?

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  7. Hi! Dun po sa victim po ng mango ong scam, sino po ang nakausap niyo, is it Prudent entrepreneur specialist inc? Or the green mango ong foods corporation. Nakapag inquire po kasi sa prudent, and they are open for franchise daw sa mango ong.. Tapos 50% ang babayaran upon completion sa mga requirements sa govt like dti, bir, business reg etc. tapos yung remaining 50% ay kapag mag uumpisa na yung business, meaning nakaset up na sa desired location and ready to operate. Naguguluhan po ako, please help kasi sayang naman po ang pinaghirapan pag mapupunta lang sa mga scammer. Thanks!

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    1. I hope you did not become one of the victims of these scammers.

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  8. Anonymous said...
    I was a victim of this scammer copycat. I just wonder why they can still do business? why does the company P*****t still exist? I'll be filing legal case against this certain JAC. who is a member of a known religious group in the country...hmmm..i'll keep you guys posted, we will put this into stop.karma is now digital and I know its on its way now to chase these people who grabbed hard-earned money. I'll make sure, they all go to jail. (again, for the nth time..)so help me God, please.. ==> hello i also want to franchise Mango-Ong and may 1 company along Paco Manila na sila daw yun franchisor. Medyo nalilito ako kasi bago ko pag labas ng pera. I'll make sure na legit company. If ok po, please send me @ jangdr10@gmail.com the info.. sana po makausap ko kayo.. tahnks.

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    1. Just to check did you still continue to transact with the scammers?

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  9. as the firstwivesclub said, the real & legit mango ong is not open for franchise..please dont fall a victim..be careful with the people you deal with..as I've said, I lost money in this fraud mango ong.

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  10. Hi, firstwivesclub, nappykaye.. I wa trying to call green mango-ong at 928-4713 but its either just ringing or busy and I cant get through several tries. Can I possibly get other contact number? I also checked the website and left a comment, but I did not get any reply. As advised by my lawyer that I need to coordinate with the legit Mango Ong before filing my case in the court. thanks

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  11. Hi, firstwivesclub, nappykaye..I called 984-7855 but the one who answered, told me that its no longer Green Mango Ong's number that she just got the new line from PLDT. How can I possibly talk to the legit Mango Ong? Can I have their office/company address, please? I plan to visit their SM outlets but probably the crew may not be able to accommodate me. thanks for your help. :)

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  12. Here is their new number (they recently moved to a new office): 3324376. :) Sorry took so long to reply.

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  13. Thanks so much, ms. Kaye. Got to talk to ms. E, the sales manager of the REAL mango ong.I will keep you and the followers of this blog posted for any dev't.para wala na pong maloko si JAC.

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  14. ^ I'd be happy to write about your story. :) Let me know how else I can help!

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  15. Hi, ms Kaye.I went to green mango ang Ofc last Monday.and I'm just so glad that I got their full support. Thanks also for or help.I'll keep u posted.

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  16. is it still not open po para sa franchise? bakit po nag ooperate pa din ung isa? gusto ko sana magfranchise, good thing i found this blog...

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  17. Hi,

    I called the number given above 3324376, and I inquire bout the franchise. Unfortunately, di daw sila nagpafranchise :( anu number po to inquire? Thanks!

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  18. @Anonymous January 9, 2014 at 4:35PM - Mangoong IS NOT open for Franchise. If someone approaches you to offer you a Mangoong franchise, it is a SCAM. Please read the blog post. That is what I've been trying to explain here.

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  19. Hi. I am surprised about these infos. I was searching for the mangoong site that was given to me by a certain JACK or JAC. I just talked to him today about my interest to get a franchise. Now im confused who really is the rightful owner of MANGO-ONG? The website given to me http://www.mangoongfranchise.com.ph/ seemed legit and they do offer franchising of other food cart. I hope the real owners and those who have been duped by the other company, PRUDENT ENTREPRENEUR SPECIALIST Inc (by a certain Jac), would come out in the open to clarify once and for all the issues for everyones sake.

    By the way, thank u for writing about this.

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    1. The best way to fool anyone is to come across as legit. Mangoong is owned by Green Mango-ong Foods, and it is not up for franchise.

      I suggest calling the Mangoong office first. 3324376

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    2. I believe JAC no longer transact personally after he was entrapped by DILG sometime in 2010.

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  20. I suggest you verify the SEC registration of
    Prudent. If you are talking to JAC or Jessie, Ruthchel, Angela..then you are dealing with the scammers!

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  21. Hi, JM. I am coming out in the open very soon. And JAC and the rest of the scammers will all get into jail! I am just protecting myself and my family as I was threatened by JAC, which was blottered already and part of the criminal case I will charge him and all his kasabwat.they are also operating in pampanga, his 'wife' ivy manages it.try to search cutillas in Google.you will find the answer to your confusion.

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  22. Case has been filed. And I am exposing the said scam through media.I'll keep you all informed

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  23. http://www.philstar.com/metro/813672/2-bpo-firm-employees-nabbed-swindling-businesswoman

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  24. http://www.zambotimes.com/archives/news/48076-CIDG-nabs-two-swindlers-in-Paco,-Manila.html

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  25. Hi, JM have you checked the link?

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  26. can i get ur email or contact no. isa ako sa naloko nila jac...

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    1. Best way to get help is to contact the REAL OWNERS of Mangoong. Call them at 3324376. I pray you find justice!

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    2. Really? Then what happened?

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  27. Hi, ms Kaye. I'm not sure if my comment a while ago was posted with my name on it. I've mistakenly clicked the publish right away, pls do not post for security and safety purposes.just delete instead.thanks

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    1. Nope. There isn't any other post previous to this one today. :)

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  28. Visit manila cityhall, records section, 2nd floor. Check jac's previous, pending and existing estafa cases that you can use as a reference in filing a complaint against him.

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  29. To the latest victim of Jac,posted June 24, 2014 can you please give us more details of what really happened?

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  30. omg.... sent the jac a message in their "official mangoong website" with my full info. saw this only after i messaged them. hope your case against them will prosper.

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    1. Any update, did you still push your intentions?

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  31. I am still waiting for the fiscal's resolution, whatever will be the decision, I will not stop from getting my money back and putting them into jail. Pls don't fall as another victim.

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  32. walang mararating ang copyKAT sa kahit anong business :D

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    1. Lahat ng food cart franchise halos kinopya nla. Malakas ang loob, may kapit.

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  33. GOOD NEWS TO THOSE AWAITING THE IPO DECISION ON THE MANGO-ONG CASE!

    READ HERE.

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  34. Hi. Share ko lang experience namin. Victimized din po kami. We just opened this month. Nakakalungkot lang kasi happy kami na nginvest kami kaso yun nga scam pala siya. Late na lang namin nalaman, thanks to our sources. Sa una pa lang nakakaduda na talaga ung office which is the Prudent nga po. Maliit, madumi, ung alam mong nakakaduda na talaga. Then siningil pa kami ng 10k para lang sa back board na kung tutuusin kaya na yun ng 2-3k. Then lagi delayed delivery ng manga at singkamas. Minsan hinog pa. I think un na ung modus nila. Idedelay nila ung delivery para mainis ka or gumive up kna. First PO namin delayed. Grabe. Tapos sabi sa Davao pa galing ung mangga un pala sa Divisoria lang. Nakakairita na may mga gantong tao na kung grabe manloko. Karmahin na lang sana sila sa ginagawa nila.

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    1. You can ask the architect, is it Arvin B?kung talagang gumawa siya ng food cart, ang duda ko, isa lang ang food cart na pina iikot nla sa mga naloloko nla. Uubusin nla ang pasensya mo at ka pag kinausap mo wala dahil sa kapalpakan nla, ite terminate nla ang contract/agreement nyo at sasabihin na nag violate ka.watch out

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  35. Glad to hear na nanalo na sa case si original mango-ong. Ano na kaya mangyayari sa Prudent and sa mga existing franchisee nila? Sana 1 day magkita-kita lahat ng naloko nila. Kung puede nga lang ba ma-TULFO para wala ng mga sumunod pang maloko...

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    1. Isa ako sa naghintay at umaasa dahil ang panalo ng guby or nir gubat ay panalo rin ng mga naloko ng prudent. Kaya mas malakas ang laban ngayon. And yes, dilg at tulfo at itatapat ko ka pag na-dismiss ang kaso ko.

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    2. By the way, wala pong existing franchisee ang prudent. Victims po marami.

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  36. I'm so glad that the original Green Mango ang won the IPO case against the scammer Prudent. With this, I'm hopeful that the case I filed against them would bring me good news too. And yes, to the new victim, uubusin nila ang pasensya mo at once you confronted them, they will terminate your contract, they will tell you that you violated the MOA. That's what they did to me. And to the last comment, im just waiting for the resolution,if my case will be dismissed then I'll seek help from the media.

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  37. Hi Anonymous. Bakit sa dami ng nag complain andun pa din sila sa the same address operating the same modus operandi at patutuloy na nanloloko ng tao.

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  38. Sa dami ng nag complain, sa isa pa lang nakipag settle ang mga scammer, hindi kinaya yun prosecutor na may hawak nun kaso pero sa lahat ng nag complain, na dismissed karamihan ang kaso. Bakit? Sino ang kapit? Magkano ang lagayan. Sino ang nababaran kaya malakas loob ng mga kriminal at nanatili sa lungga nla kasi may nagkakanlong. Sino ang kahati at nakikinabang sa ninanakaw nla sa mga inosenteng biktima.strategy nla ma idelay ang kaso para tamarin ang complainant. In my case, hang gang sa huli lalabanan ko sila, may makatapat nman sila.lalo pa ngayon na natalo sila sa IPO case, mahihiya ang korte na panigan pa sila.halatang luto na at damay damay na. Isa pa, bakit walang konsensya ang law firm nla na tinatanggap pang ilaban ang kaso nla at binabaluktot ang tama. Pera-pera na lang rin.baka sila lang ang kliyente ng bugok na law firm na yun. Birds of the same feathers. Mga sisters kasi sila sa pananampalataya. Nagbabalat kayo sa gabi.malapit na karma nla.

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  39. At yang JAC na yan na ginagamit Ang Diyos sa kalokohan nya. Hindi na natakot sa ginagawa nya. Isa sa mga tao nya ang maagrabyado at babaligtad sa knya yun. Hindi papanig ang Diyos sa mga nanlalamang sa kapwa. Sa ngayon, naglakamal sila, pero ka pag dumating ang oras nla, di sila maililigtas ng mga ninakaw nla.they will all go to burning, flaming hell!

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  40. Isa ako sa mga biktima my chance b n maibalik khit ung franchise fee lng?

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  41. The estafa case I filed at manila city hall was about 7 months now without any hint / update on the case. I strongly suggest pa media mo na.walang kinakatakutan mga yan, Sanay na sa gawain ni lang manloko, mang agrabyado at manglamang sa kapwa. Mga konsensya mga yan.halang na kaluluwang kawatan.

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  42. OMG! Good i read this blog! Entrepreneur Philippines offering this franchise of mango ong also, almost planning to send them inquries, thanks nappykaye, sana maparusahan ang mga manloloko!

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  43. Im also a victim and i want also to file complaint against them with your help po... Sino po ang pwedeng malapitan?

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  44. Walang mangyayari kahit mag file ka sa manila city hall, sa paco office kasi nangyari ang transaction, sinadya nla yun, planado kasi Pluto na kaso sa manila cityhall sa kapit nla. Lumapit ka sa Bistado ng abscbn o sa CIDG sa Crame.

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  45. Isa rin po ako sa naluko ng prudent na yan.

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  46. Same pa rin ba ang address nila? Wala na daw sila sa paco manila e hinahanap ko ngayon sila

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  47. hello po. ok na po ba tong kasong to?

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