The Cybercrime Investigation and Coordinating Center (CICC) gave an interview to UNTV: Serbisyong Bayanihan regarding the proliferation of fake One Health Pass (OHP) websites, which intend to defraud returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

The OHP website, an online platform that promotes the convenient and seamless movement of international travelers from departure from the country of origin to arrival at the local government unit of destination has been counterfeited by online perpetrators. Five bogus websites were detected by the CICC with the assistance of Internet service providers (ISPs).   

The CICC, through the Head of Public Information Office, Ms. Christine Apple B. Pre advised against these fake websites that lure OFWs to register in their pages, hooking them not only to disclose their personal information and bank account details, but also to extort them of a registration fee. In fact, the legitimate OHP website found on charges no fees whatsoever.

Ms. Pre claimed that this method is similar to phishing, a type of social engineering scam where an attacker poses as a legitimate institution to lure individuals into providing sensitive information.

Ms. Pre added that the official OHP website bears the copyright trademark of the Bureau of Quarantine 2022.

Three of the five fake websites were already taken down, and the CICC continues to coordinate with ISPs, concerned government agencies, and cybercrime law enforcement agencies for appropriate action.