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BI cautions the public not to fall for job fraud on social media.

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Norman Tansingco, the immigration commissioner, has raised concerns about trafficking organizations that use social media to get people to work unlawfully for questionable businesses abroad.

After immigration officers at Clark International Airport and Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) detained six people they believed to have been enticed by a crypto-related trafficking ring, the head of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) reaffirmed his warning.

After attempting to board an Air Asia flight bound for Bangkok, three of them were stopped at Naia Terminal 3, according to Ann Camille Mina, the head of BI’s Travel Control and Enforcement Unit.

They originally pretended to be on a business group visit, according to Mina, and they displayed numerous documents attesting to their association with the organization.

But because of their contradictory statements, the immigration officer decided to give them a second check.

They ultimately acknowledged, according to Mina, that they had been given a wage offer of P40,000 each to work for an investment firm in Laos.

They were told about the opportunities through an agent on social media, and they were given positions as a cook, sales representative, and customer service representative.

“Don’t consider offers”
Officers at Clark airport also prevented three guys from boarding a Scoot Airlines trip to Thailand after they provided a similar account.

The three claimed to be on a group tour and to be employees of a nearby shipping company.

However, they then acknowledged that an agent they also met through a social messaging app had offered them a $1,000 compensation to work as encoders and e-games staff members.

According to reports, a lot of our kababayan (countrymen) are given the opportunity to work for BPOs (business process outsourcing companies), only to end up for scammers in other countries, said Tansingco.

The Department of Migrant Workers should always be consulted while looking for legal employment overseas, he continued. “We underline our advice not to entertain offers received on social media,” he said.

Sen. Risa Hontiveros had issued a warning that a humanitarian crisis would soon develop if Filipinos were still being recruited for employment scams.

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