The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has warned Filipino jobseekers against bogus job placements in the United Kingdom offered through unsolicited e-mails or messages on social media.
In a statement Thursday, POEA Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac offered some tips on how to spot fake job offers in the UK.
Among them, he said scammers often use forwarding addresses and mobile phone numbers in the UK to convince victims that they represent legitimate companies.
Scammers also use scanned letters of appointment, work confirmation or employment contracts with attractive compensation and benefits to entice applicants.
Victims who take up the offers are directed to specific UK travel agencies and made to apply for travel and work documents with the UK Immigration Office. Then they are made to remit money to a Western Union account for processing fees and other charges.
Cacdac reminded jobseekers that UK visas are processed and paid for in the Philippines and that there are no additional fees for additional services such as travel insurance, medical examination, police checks or home land security checks.
He added that the UK abolished its Au Pair visa scheme in 2008 and has stopped issuing visas for nannies, drivers, gardeners and other household workers in 2012.
Moreover, employees will receive a certificate of sponsorship from licensed UK employers instead of work permits under the new UK Points-Based Immigration System.
UK employers also submit "the original copies of their employment documents to the POLO Office, Philippine Embassy in London for verification and authentication."
Cacdac said genuine UK companies would never give a mobile number for contact details nor use commercial email accounts to contact prospective employees. —Rie Takumi/KBK, GMA News