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BI Warns Public Scammers Offering Entry Permits in Exchange of Money

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has warned the public against some scammers who were offering entry permits for fees amid travel restrictions.

Foreigners and others are being warned by BI Commissioner Jaime Morente about scammers who are purportedly selling entry permits via Facebook in the midst of stringent travel processes. This follows a complaint filed with the BI against an internet user, based on the Manila Bulletin article.

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According to BI Commissioner, the netizen has granted visas to a large number of foreign nationals. According to him, the netizen advised one of the victims to call an alleged immigration officer who could help them get admission in exchange for bribe money.

Morente, however, claimed that records revealed that the alleged immigration officer does not exist in their employees’ list. Based on the article, Morente subsequently stated that such a business does not exist and that the scammers preyed on people through social media sites.

“There is no such service. We believe that these scammers prey on the people they see on social media platforms,” Morente said.

Only Filipinos, their foreign spouses and children, foreign parents of Filipino minors, and foreigners with immigrant and non-immigrant visas are currently permitted to enter the country. According to Immigration, tourist entry to the country is still limited, however consular offices may grant entry exemption documents to those visiting the nation as tourists.

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