Multinational technology company ‘Google’ that specializes in Internet-related services & products has pulled outsourced work from a Philippine contact center whose employees were involved within a Bitcoin scam.
In line with Newsbytes.PH, Google confirmed that the company shifted some work it outsourced to a Sykes Philippines branch in Cebu to a different vendor within the country.
Within the Philippines, social media posts alleged some employees of outsourcing firms siphoned around 60 Mln Philippine pesos [$1.23 Mln] of Google gift cards and converted these into Bitcoins. Sykes did affirm to news outlets that it did find employees breached their conduct standards but didn’t mention what these violations were.
Cryptocurrency scams have proliferated recently. U.K’s leading agency NCSC [National Cyber Security Center], cracked down on fake celebrity endorsements for Bitcoin online scams. As reported earlier, call centers scammers have begun offering illicit Bitcoin investment schemes.
The Philippines has been somewhat friendly to crypto assets. Recently, the country’s central bank announced it’s considering issuing a CBDC [central bank digital currency].