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DMW warns Filipinos on illegal recruitment for overseas scam jobs

The Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) warned Filipinos against illegal recruitment for overseas scam job offers.

After Filipino victims of cybercrime and human trafficking in Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar increased, DMW Undersecretary for Welfare and Foreign Employment Hans Leo Cacdac issued the warning.

Cacdac claimed the victims were tricked by social media ads for customer representatives, technical support, data encoder, and call center agent, among others.

“The skill set is fairly common to all so it’s really easy to attract people to come. They will lure them by saying that there will be free plane tickets and no visa will be needed because these are ASEAN countries such as Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar which do not require a visa for tourists,” Cacdac said.

“However, this is the very first indication of illegal recruitment or human trafficking because they will tell you to come and you can leave immediately without being processed through the DMW, POEA, or OWWA. And you need to be there right away and that’s where they will be placed — in illegal call center activities and catfishing scams,” he added.

Cacdac said the list of legitimate recruitment agencies could be viewed at the DMW and POEA websites.

“[Legitimate recruitment agencies] will present them a job offer, a company, and then this will lead to a job interview and work contract and work visa, and processing at the DMW and POEA.”

The DMW undersecretary stated the public could report concerns via hotline 1348, email:, and on the Facebook page.

Senator Risa Hontiveros has urged the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking to investigate syndicates that recruit Filipino scammers abroad. BKM/ Expat Media

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