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MANILA – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Wednesday reiterated anew its warning against a call center job scam that recruits Filipinos, mostly professionals, to work abroad.

This came following the BI's repatriation of nine Filipinos trafficked in Thailand and Myanmar.

In a statement, BI Commissioner Norman Tansingco said the victims have good background in the Philippines before being recruited in these countries.

“These latest batch of victims show that traffickers are using the same modus to recruit young professionals to seemingly-good call center jobs abroad... Only to find out that it is a scam," he said.

Three of them -- two males and a female -- were brought home from Myanmar last May 30; while the remaining six, aged 20s to early 30s, were rescued from Bangkok last May 29.

“The new face of victims now are really professionals with good jobs here in the country but seek adventure abroad,” Tansingco said.

Like other illegal recruitment schemes, victims tend to disclose different travel purposes.

“Some of them are even traveling with their partners or claimed they will be visiting family, and have previous travels,” Tansingco said.

The victims left the country in 2022 and earlier this year. (PNA)