MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) warned the public against scammers victimizing foreign nationals by offering them fake entry permits on Facebook.
The warning comes after a complaint that alerted the BI about an individual offering entry permits.
According to BI Commissioner Jaime Morente, one victim was asked to contact an alleged immigration officer who would supposedly ensure the smooth entry of foreigners in exchange for grease money.
But based on BI records, the alleged immigration officer is not an employee of the agency.
“There is no such service. We believe that these scammers prey on the people they see on Facebook,” Morente said.
“It is disconcerting to know that there are still those who can take advantage of the vulnerable even during a pandemic,” he added.
At present, only Filipinos, foreign spouses and children of Filipinos, foreign parents of Filipino minors, and foreigners holding immigrant and non-immigrant visas are allowed entry in the Philippines.
The entry of tourists to the country remains restricted.
Entry exemption documents (EED) are issued by foreign posts abroad to foreigners who wish to enter the country with tourist visas.