The Philippines Bureau of Immigration (BI) issued an advisory to conduct strict assessments of travelers going to neighboring countries. This came after reports of Filipinos being illegally recruited to work as call center agents for a company that operates online scams such as catfishing.
“These human traffickers try to circumvent immigration assessment by adjusting their modus operandi. Oftentimes, syndicates provide fake employment documents and statements to their victims,” BI Commissioner Norman Tansingco said.
Tansingco then advised OFWs not to accept offers online and apply legally through the Department of Migrant Workers (DMW).
He also warned that administrative and criminal cases will be filed against any personnel proven to be involved in corrupt acts.
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