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Google Ends BPO Partnership, Seeks New Deal Following Scam Reports

The fraud allegedly shifted gift card money to bitcoins.
by Joel Guinto
Aug 25, 2020
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Google said it ended its outsourcing contract and was looking for new partners, following reports of multi-million peso fraud in call center circles on social media.

Mountain View, California-based Google did not elaborate on the alleged scam or who was involved. It told reportr in a statement: "We are constantly assessing our business needs and have decided to shift this business to another vendor in the Philippines."

Reports online claimed that some P60 million were lost after call center agents in Cebu converted online gift cards to bitcoin.

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Quoted on Newsbytes.ph, Sykes said a "small number of employees violated our standards of conduct." It said it took "swift action," but did not elaborate.

It also denied reports some 300 workers lost their jobs: “While there have been business changes that may have impacted some groups, we have ensured that all our hardworking employees are reassigned to other programs,” the company explained.

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Business process outsourcing, aside from being a constant source of investment dollars, is also a job generator. It is also among the few industries allowed to operate even at the strictest COVID-19 quarantines.

Cebu is also a growing BPO hub, with many call center locations sprouting in the city's IT parks in recent years.

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