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The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) cautioned Filipinos searching for jobs overseas to be vigilant when receiving unsolicited emails informing them of being picked for employment abroad.

To lure potential victims, email scammers use the name of a licensed Philippine recruitment agency without the agency’s knowledge, said POEA Administrator Bernard Olalia.

“The email has this standard subject line: ‘Last 8 slots left for XYZ INTERNATIONAL MANPOWER SERVICES (POEA License No. 1223-3837) for the first 20 applicants for Canada June 2020 Deployment’,” he explained.

These recruitment scams put up countries with good opportunities such as the United Kingdom (UK), Canada, and the United States (US).

One can tell the unsolicited job offer is classified as a scam when it requires payment of fees for seminar, documentation, and processing of visas and other travel documents.

Olalia advised applicants to check the authenticity of its job offers with the POEA through its verification system at poea.gov.ph and hotlines 8722-1144 and 8722-1155.

The public should also report any suspicious or illegal online recruitment activities to the Anti-Illegal Illegal Recruitment Branch’s Operations and Surveillance Division at email poea_airb_osd@yahoo.com. 

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