Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Beware of fake job offers through email

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration yesterday reiterated its warning on fraudulent e-mails offering employment in big hospitals in Canada and other countries to Filipino nurses and other healthcare professionals.

Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac said applicants should just ignore such e-mails that say the recipient has been selected for a nursing position in a hospital even without submitting an application.  The bogus emails instruct applicants to pay PhP3,750 as registration fees, for a "mandatory orientation seminar".

Cacdac said the scammers offer jobs in hospitals and health institutions in countries like Canada, United Kingdom, United States of America, and Singapore, and use the names of licensed placement agencies in the Philippines for supposed recruitment activities.

However, both agencies and hospitals cited in the emails have always denied involvement in the supposed recruitment of nurses in the Philippines.  The foreign health care facilities also made clear that they do not recruit through e-mail nor ask job applicants to undergo orientation seminars for a fee.

The fake job offers "assure" the worker of immediate interviews by the foreign employers, non-payment of placement and processing fees, free accommodation and food allowance, and other deceptive "sweeteners".

Cacdac also warned job applicants on supposed job opportunities spread through social media like Facebook and Twitter.

“Instead, job seekers may search the POEA website for available job orders or use the POEA application for smartphones and tablets,” Cacdac added.

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