Dreamscape warns vs scammers who ask auditionees to do ‘inappropriate acts’
Dreamscape Entertainment, a subsidiary of ABS-CBN, has warned the public against scammers who claim to be part of its production unit to “solicit photos and ask auditionees to do inappropriate or suggestive acts,” in the guise of an audition for the show “FPJ’s Batang Quiapo.”
The production unit made the warning on its Instagram page on Sunday, Aug. 27, as they shared an official statement which is directed to those who “claim to be [its] representatives and production staff.”
“Beware of scammers who claim to be representatives or production staff of Dreamscape Entertainment inviting interested individuals for one-on-one online casting auditions for ‘FPJ’s Batang Quiapo.’ These fraudsters may solicit photos and ask auditionees to do inappropriate or suggestive acts,” its post read.
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Dreamscape then advised its followers to be guided by its official social media accounts, to be updated about “any auditions that it may conduct” in the future.
While the production arm didn’t disclose any name in particular, one @jheneashean said in the comments that these scammers can be found on Facebook, although she didn’t reveal their identities.
Earlier this year, one Mickel Chantal Lanaei Besin claimed that she was scammed by a “fake director” who pretended to hold auditions for the Kapamilya show and campaign for a local clothing brand.
Besin said that during her online meetings with the “fake director,” she was asked to bare parts of her body if she really wanted to join the cast of “FPJ’s Batang Quiapo” with Coco Martin.
After she was asked to do some provocative poses, she was told by the “fake director” that it was a “fake audition,” and tried to blackmail her.
“Kunyari di ko sya narinig at pinaulit ko sa kanya. Sabi nya, ‘This is a fake audition, at recorded lahat ng pinagusapan natin.’ And then nag offer sya sa akin, bina-blackmail na nya ako na magpo post sya sa social media, na kung ayaw ko daw matanggal sa school ko, kung ayaw nyang ma post sa social media yon as a scandal,” she narrated in a video posted on Facebook.
She said that she was confident that the scammer did not have anything on her because she was very careful not to do anything that she felt uncomfortable doing.
“Di ako natatakot kase wala naman akong ginawa. Confident ako sa sarili ko. Akala nya siguro masisilaw ako ng pera dahil sa mga pinapagawa nya sa akin. Hello? Independent ako, kaya ko kumita ng pera kahit walang ganyan. Di ko ibebenta ang katawan ko para lang magkapera ng malaki… Gustong-gusto ko makapasok sa ‘Batang Quiapo’ kaya ginawa ko to. Pero di ko inaasahan na fake pala ito,” she said.
“Very alarming lang, sana makarating ito kay Sir Coco Martin, na ginagamit nila ang ‘Batang Quiapo’ para makapanloko sila ng ganito,” she added.
Martin has yet to give his comment on the matter.
Dreamscape is known for producing several popular teleseryes since its launch in 1992, including “May Bukas Pa,” “Agua Bendita,” “My Binondo Girl,” “Dirty Linen,” and “The Broken Marriage Vow,” among many others. EDV