The Bureau of Quarantine in Davao Region (BOQ-Davao) said on Monday, January 16 that the public should be wary of fake and non-working E-travel Cards from scammers.

BOQ-Davao chief Dr. Noreen Espero said the usual victims from previous E-Travel scams were family members who wanted to avail of the E-Travel registration together.

“Thanks to information dissemination, kaunti na lang siya (victims have lessened). Before, in a flight of maybe 170 passengers, nakakakita kami ng tatlo o apat na fake E-travel (there are three to four fake E-travel). Usually kasi family, so ang families four members, lahat iyon ag register is fake (Usually members of a family, so all of their E-travel is fake),” Espero said.

Espero said E-Travel scams have been evolving from generating non-working to working QR codes but the telltale sign of fake registration is when payment is being asked.

The BOQ-Davao chief emphasized that registration is actually free through the authentic government website for E-Travel while fake websites ask for an amount of between $50 to $100 to be paid using a credit card or debit card.

Through this, the fake website would also have stored sensitive personal information of the scammed individual.

“Aside sa nakuhaan na ang money, the scammers get the important information pa regarding sa kanilang credit card (Aside from getting their money, the scammers also get the important card information),” Espero said.

She added that the BOQ could not provide a refund for the customer’s lost money, thus the best way to avoid it is by being vigilant of online transactions.

The E-Travel or the Philippine One-Stop Electronic Travel Declaration System is a requirement for inbound travelers to the country, including foreigners and returning residents. ICM