Filipinos in Saudi Arabia, especially those seeking repatriation, were warned Wednesday against fixers and middlemen pretending to be officials of the Philippine Embassy or Consulate in the Kingdom.
In an advisory, the Philippine embassy in Saudi Arabia said it received reports of some Filipinos being victimized by such impostors who ask for money.
"The travel documents issued by the Embassy and the Consulate to Filipinos who are going to be repatriated during the grace period are for free. There are no charges. The Embassy has received reports that some fixers are charging SR1,000 to SR3,500 (P10,993 to P38,478), and are around the Embassy or the temporary field office at the Elite International School," it said.
The embassy noted that these "fixers, middlemen and pretenders ask for money for Embassy and Consulate services which are extended for free."
Several Filipinos have been seeking travel documents to the Philippines to avail of a grace period that will allow them to address their irregular residency and labor status.
The grace period ends on July 3.
Meanwhile, the Philippine Embassy reminded Filipinos to check the websites of the embassy and the consulate for official advisories.
It also urged them to "ensure that they are dealing with officials and personnel of the Embassy and attached services inside the premises of the two missions who are required to have an embassy or consulate identification card."
On the other hand, it pointed out all payments for consular services are paid only to the cashier with a corresponding official receipt.
The embassy urged Filipinos to reports fixers pretending to be embassy or consulate officials to email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org, or via phone. - VVP, GMA News