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Filipinos in UAE, Philippines warned against fake job interviews, online job scams during Covid-19


DUBAI – The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) warned Filipinos in the UAE and around the world on Sunday (May 31) against online illegal recruitment schemes, and said jobseekers should not have to pay in order to secure an interview.

According to POEA, scammers are targeting Filipinos with a promise of “deployment after the lockdown” or “work interview after quarantine”.

In an advisory, the POEA warned the public to be cautious about fraudsters posing as staff of licensed recruitment agencies or government agencies.

“The public is warned of promises of online scammers for job interview and deployment after the “lockdown” or after “lifting of the quarantine”,” the agency said.

The POEA said scammers usually post “PM (private message) if interested” or “click link for more details”.

“The advertisements ask for reservation fees and/or personal information from unsuspecting applicants,” according to POEA.

The POEA added that fraudsters also use fake emails and websites when posting fake job ads on social media sites such as Facebook.

“POEA warns the public to ignore these online advertisements and not to give or deposit money, especially through remittance centers such as Western Union, Cebuana Lhuillier, or Palawan Express, or money transfers thru GCash, 7/11, or PayPal. Further, please be warned about providing sensitive personal information, such as full names, birthdates, addresses, etc. as these may be used in criminal activities,” POEA said.

POEA added that online job advertisements should only be made by licensed recruitment agencies and should contain the name of the licensed agency, their agency registration number, as well as clear details about the job, qualifications and salary.

Advertisements without these details should be ignored, the POEA said.

“Payments, when allowed, must only be made to licensed recruitment agencies, and corresponding official receipts must be issued,” it said.

It advised overseas job seekers to use the POEA verification system at the POEA website email the POEA Information Center at [email protected] to verify vacancies and job orders. ICA/Expat Media

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