Is this a Filipina Scam?
This is going to upset a few, and a few others will be nodding. The truth is that every country has bad people in it and those bad people will exploit weaknesses. In the Philippines one of those bad truths is that many Filipina girlfriends are not what you think. It is a mine field and if you get trapped into a honey trap you could lose everything.
What is written below is actual and honest examples of people I personally know. If anything I have understated it to protect names and avid libel. So, please do not question me on it ,as I will not be able to respond further. Just take it as advice or ignore it.
Guy called James (no real names) married a Filipina who behind his back was taking his money and giving to her family, and even managed to change documentation on homes by crooked attorneys. He never knew even as he was near death that she was filtering his money and even looking for other people online. The beauty of this story as everyone else knew but him. Luckily he died before he knew for sure.
Guy named Paul had a girlfriend who was married already. He continued to be with her for years and she even cleared his bank account out, but he still loved her and forgave her. He was persuaded to “buy a home” in her name. Now the ex husband has decided he wants 5 million pesos to stop him reporting Paul and his girlfriend (Some think she is in on it). Now he cannot get back into the Philippines in fear of being arrested or blackmailed.
Lenny was married to a Filipina who was already married. He arranged a divorce ( yep via Mindanao), however, she was still married to another man and she kept that a secret. During the years with Lenny she bled him dry, even taking money out of his Atm as he slept and denying it. The situation got worse when Lenny was sending money to her to buy and build a new home. No matter how much he sent, the more she required.
He has no house as she was diverting money to her new boyfriend. When a investigator finally found out the truth she attempted to have Lenny killed. Luckily Lenny had good friends and managed to move the last of his cash outside the country and have security inside the Philippines.
The truth is that many people will set out to steal from you and use you. They may take years but they are in it for the long haul.
Ask me how many couples I know who are truly happy and in love and I would say out of the hundreds I have met in ten years I would answer maybe ten. In all those cases the immediate family is kept away.