Tuko Gecko Scam



This Tuko Gecko Scam has just recently been aired at a local TV station's news program. I knew about this tuko gecko scam for quite some time now. Actually it has been on the internet for more than two months, and it was known previously as the Tokay Gecko scam, the tuko's English name.

Now, the myth behind this scam is that inside a tuko or gecko's innards lies a powerful enzyme that when consumed will cure the incurable HIV/AIDS and magically poof away the dreaded cancer. But is there any truth to the myth? Obviously no. If there was, don't you think scientific communities all around the world—such as America, Japan, and the EU—would have verified it by now? It's the audacity of the claim that astounds me.

Another thing beyond belief are the prices being offered for these lizards on the internet. In the past months, these tuko or geckos have been only fetching five-digit amounts e.g. P10,000.00, P55,000.00, etc. Now, it's being sought for ten to twenty to sixty to a hundred to a billion pesos. Just look at the screengrab below, courtesy of buy & sell website sulit.com.ph (Click to enlarge):

Tuko Gecko Scam



These images are in no way edited or manipulated. These are for real. And with those audacious prices, don't you think something is so wrong here? I'll prove to you why it's a scam.

First of all, these are tens of millions of pesos we're talking about. These amounts when aggregated are more than enough to build more or less twenty Jollibee franchises. Imagine that. Don't you think that P1 billion is too expensive for a single lizard?

Let's have things in perspective here: P100,000,000.00 is equivalent to $2.3++ million while P1,000,000,000.00 is roughly $23.8++ million. Meanwhile, Manny Pacquiao makes about $15 million per fight. The guys buying these tuko or gecko for medicinal purposes must be richer than Manny Pacquiao, Lucio Tan, and Henry Sy put together! And gee would you look at that, they are no-namers or have totally fictitious names. If they had that plenty of money, they'd probably be better off flying to the US investing in huge corporations. But no, they decide to stick to buying lizards for millions of pesos. Actual comment of a tuko buyer below:

"500m for your 700grams tuko and 100m for the 400grams.. sure buyer aq at direct.. pki txt nlng aq 09487968202 pki handa ng picture deal asap"

Wow, P500,000,000.00 for a 700-gram lizard? Really? That's more than 70% of the P700+ million lotto jackpot here in the Philippines a few months ago. Totally unbelieveable. 

Second, don't you think that it's more economic for these "tuko gecko scam" people just to hire lizard hunters for their very opulent enterprise? Let's face it: If I had a business as huge as this, I won't buy tuko from other people for P20 million or even P100 million. I would just hire employees that would catch geckos for me, and in the process I'll pay them premium wage, say P50,000.00 a month or P10,000.00 per lizard. The people running this scam are totally preposterous and are complete numbskulls.

Third, if I had billions of pesos to spare, don't you think that I'd have better grammar and writing skills? Look at this one, who writes in high and mighty colors. The poor guy even scares would-be tuko sellers that the last date of selling their geckos is up to July 13, 2011 only because the Philippine Government would take over the trade, which coincidentally starts today. This moron even deleted all comments on his comments box, apparently "for privacy purposes." I smell something fishy.

Fourth, this fad is akin to the sale of dried seahorses to dried tigers paws for medicinal purposes in China. Thing is, those are way cheaper than these tuko or geckos. These lizards have 0% medicinal value and could probably just worsen your health.


The Tuko Gecko Scam Scenario
Scammer 1: We're buying 400 grams and up of tokay gecko or tuko for P25,000,000.00. Any parties interested in selling their tuko can reach me through this number 09077777777. Do you have one? I'm very interested in buying.

Victim: I don't currently have one, but I'll look for it. I want to have P25 million.

*Scammer 2 enters the scene*

Scammer 2: Sir, I have a pet tokay gecko. I'm selling it for P75,000.00. Would you like to buy it?

Victim: What is it's weight?

Scammer 2: About 600 grams. I just really need the money for the birth of my son. Otherwise I won't sell my beloved pet.

*Victim thinks it's an awesome deal that would make him a millionaire*

Victim: Sure I'll buy that immediately! Let's meet up!

*Scammer 2 and victim meets up at a place. Victim pays P75,000.00 in cash. Victim dials Scammer 1's cellphone number.*

Victim: I've been calling the dude who wants to buy this gecko for P25 million for two hours straight now. He doesn't answer his phone.

*After a whole day of trying to contact Scammer 1, Victim realizes that he has been conned. Victim now has possession of a worthless lizard that can be found in the jungles of the Philippines.*

Be very wary of these scammers. They will tell you all the reasons in the world just to sell you a worthless lizard. I even heard of one trying to sell gecko that would be immediately sent to Japan to cure the people who have been exposed to the radiation of the Fukushima Nuclear Plant.

To read more about the tuko gecko scam, go to the links below:

http://www.sulit.com.ph/index.php/view+topic/id/83149/*TUKO*+or+GECKO+scam...+kaunting+ingat+dito.


http://www.sulit.com.ph/index.php/link/u/http%3A%5B%5D%5B%5Dwww.istorya.net%5B%5Dforums%5B%5Dgeneral-discussions%5B%5D397302-beware-of-the-gecko-scam.html/m/ringo03


There are a billion reasons more why this tuko gecko scam is just that—a scam. Unfortunately, most of the Filipino populace are still completely ignorant on how scammers work. The common Filipino folk now genuinely think that the NBI, the DENR, and the PNP are involved in this illegal activity, that these government agencies would try to undercut them in selling these lizards for hundreds of millions of cash, which is totally bull by the way.

Nonetheless, consider this as your tuko gecko scam red flag. You have been warned.

'Till my next installment.

P.S. If you're someone who would try to defend these scammers by saying that I'm lying and they're really buying tokay geckos for 8-digit amounts, show your proof. You're probably in cahoots with scammers anyway.


20 comments :

Hello...Direct malaysian buyer here....here's a fair proof....if you will have a 420grams up tuko....we will meet and transact in a safe place like a hotel and near a bank for us to pay you. So that after that you can use the payments as a proof or you can scan your bank account afterwards for a proof and share it here also.thanks...here's my email add: ringo_bajade2001@yahoo.com

And yes you are true so many scammers here in the net so becareful all the time. They are the one making the sellers afraid and making the market not good.....again just be wise and becareful in transacting.....

ringo

BUYING TOKAY GECKO 400GRAMS UP.. HERE'S MY CONTACT NUMBER 09104626796... I'M A SURE BUYER... I REALLY NEED THAT TOKAY GECKO FOR MY EXPERIMENT... SHOW ME THE SIZE AND I'LL GIVE THE PRICE...

anyone who wants to buy gecko...i got 1 now 450grams...here's my number..09393673437..dial your nose

why are disenterested persons blow off thier head regarding the sale tokay geckos,can they(blowheads)feed this poor hunters of(tuko).Sir,if it hurts you,that this small hunters survivev thier daily meals,then,asked thier respective address and support their daily needs,maybe you are richer than Mr.Trump.

Hello, this is very true. A scam, nothing more.

This scam is now in Malaysia (where I live), Thailand, Indonesia. People are skipping school or work to hunt for this lizard, thinking they will be rich overnight. I hear some have invested money in gecko farms.

This lizard is very common from Burma to Indonesia. You can also find them in USA in Florida and Texas. Over there, the price is no more than 50 US dollar.

When the bubble bursts, many people in southeast Asia will be left holding geckos worth only a few thousand peso. The irony is in Malay language there is a saying 'holding a live lizard' which means doing something that does not bring benefit.

hi we have a geckos 400 grams up if you want you can contact us.. we have a sure item you can contact or email us at jhel.baes@yahoo.com we will send you a videos and picture how can we sure if this is true

i agree with the malaysian.. i have a friend who is a multi-millionaire now because of dealing with geckos. if i were you catch first a gecko then make a deal with a genuine buyer. you dont need to release any money just find the right buyer. for sure pare, kakainin mu lhat ng sinabi mu dito kng makita mu mga permits sa WHO and denr. i have a copy here and totoo tlga.

yan nman palagi sinasabi nyo eh, i have a friend who is amulti millonaire because of geckos.. neknek nyo dami nyo palusot puro kaibigan yumayaman wla nmang patunay. Ikaw magbabayad ka ng php100,000,000,000.00 para sa tuko na nanliliit pag kinulong? mga bobo at inutil. edi sana binalita na na merong mga yumaman dahil sa tuko. mga bobo tlga.

If there really is a truth to this, tuko dealers would have read this by now and rebut the opinion above. Unfortunately, I still don't see any argument or exchange of words in the comments.

mahirap po talaga maging tanga. hinde mo alam kung knino ka maniniwala. additional information lang po. yung tuko na nagtitimbang ng 200 grams ay napakahirap na po hanapin. ano pa kaya ang 300 grams up. maniwala na kayo sa presyo, pero maniniwala rin akong hindi kayo makakakita ng ganyan kalaking tuko.

antanga rin naman ng mga taong naghahanap ng patunay. e bawal nga di ba? ano yun...sinong gagawa ng ganun para mahuli sila? iexpect nyo na na wala kayong makikitang pruweba.

isa lang po ang cgurado dito, napakabihira lang po ng tuko na magtitimbang ng hinahanap nila.

I have 5 gecko want sale
300-320gram
300[2] 310[1] 320[2]
I live at nan in thailand
nan have Airport
+6684-6562227
say-hallo@hotmail.com

The pricing of the gecko is inflated by the scammer just as this article describes. How could WHO (World Health Organisation) afford millions of dollars for a little lizard? If someone can raise these lizards, WHO will be able to do so. The scam is that someone with no lizard buys from someone else and hoping to sell it at a higher price. In general, another person thinking the price of the gecko is going up quickly buys from this guy and hope to sell it to someone else. Ultimately, when the music dies, the one with the gecko is the sucker. Buyers are those who seeking to make money not for medical uses. Be careful, you may be stuck with a lizard in your empty pocket.

(California, USA)

@Manny Pacquiao makes about $15 million per fight...Manny Pacquio is making more than $15M he's even making more than $50M, anyhow I think If the buyer is a company/laboratory run buy investors then yes perhaps the buyer is richer than Pacquio...But I don't believe there is such thing as gecko real buyer.If there is then it wouldn't reach that big amount per peice

i have gecko i bought 5 for sale, last few days i am making deal, i hope it can be done, so i can believe it can happen. also wiki says gecko size is not so big, but my gecko is more than 40cm. it was not easy to find, and if i could sell my gecko, i will buy another gecko which is over 45cm and 70cm. those are hunted with my friend already. let's see, it is really scam or not. i wish not....

I'm gonna hunt for Tuko. if its not 300grms i'm going to make it a pet feed it til its big enough to make a million. if no one buys, im going to eat it to cure my disease if i have one... someone telling me he has a direct buyer.

sTILL THERE ARE BUYERS WHO ARE ADVERTISING IN SULIT.COM TO BUY TUKO so I think this is NOT a SCAM... I'll look for 1 TUKO and try to sell it to the right BUYER... I'll post here if i can sold in millions. thank you.

Dear sir

Have a nice day!
I am Nayem Hasan
i have many Gecko Tokay
How about the price. I really interested to sell it as a pet. ( Tokay gecko )
Thank you
Hasan Nayem
nayementerprise@yahoo.com

NAYEM ENTERPRISE
110, Shahid Tajuddin Ahammed Shorany, Moghbazar
Dhaka-1217 Bangladesh .
Profession and Position:-Busness Oxygen
Fax:-+88-02-8353513 Mob: 00-88- 01819270277
speak english n thai mobole : +8801972424192

Dear sir

Have a nice day!
I am Nayem Hasan
i have many Gecko Tokay
How about the price. I really interested to sell it as a pet. ( Tokay gecko )
I am looking for a serious buyer all nation. i'm seriously please contact me
For those who had put advertisement saying will buy gecko at fantastic prices, please kindly email me. I have all the monster size gecko you are looking for.
Thank you
Hasan Nayem
nayementerprise@yahoo.com

NAYEM ENTERPRISE
110, Shahid Tajuddin Ahammed Shorany, Moghbazar
Dhaka-1217 Bangladesh .
Profession and Position:-Busness Oxygen
Fax:-+88-02-8353513 Mob: 00-88- 01819270277
speak english n thai mobole : +8801972424192

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