THERE is no truth to an offer of an alleged recruitment company that the United Kingdom has a lot of jobs for Filipinos, according to Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz.
Baldoz on Wednesday said Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac had informed her about the recruitment being done by a company calling itself “Marriott Hotel Canada” through Facebook.
She warned that Filipino bob seekers should be conscious enough so as “not to be duped by a recurring employment scam” of an alleged recruitment firm “using the name of a hotel company.”
“We were informed that in addition to the previous modus operandi of these unscrupulous scammers, which include sending e-mails to unsuspecting job seekers, they are now prowling for victims in social media. I advise our job seekers to be extra cautious, and apply only at recruitment agencies licensed by POEA, and deal with licensed agencies with legal job orders,” Baldoz said.
Cacdac said Marriot Hotel claimed that it is looking for applicants to fill up “diverse positions such as stewards, nurses, technicians, fashion designers, comedians and entertainers, models, actors, dancers, medical doctor, artisans, mechanics, waiter, waitress and other hotel job category[ies].”
He added that a new email doing the rounds is offering jobs with Marriott Hotel in the United Kingdom.
The scammers use legitimate company names, such as Marriott, to make false offers of employment but telltale signs of it being a scam can be easily detected, Cacdac said.
“Usually, job scammers use e-mail and social media to advertise fake job openings. Big companies such as Marriott Hotel have a dedicated job vacancy page and do not use e-mail and Facebook to recruit employees,” he explained.
He pointed out that the “scammers request applicants to send application, resume and other documents to a fraudulent e-mail address. Marriott Hotel do not use free e-mail service providers such as yahoo.com, gmail.com, hotmail.com, live.com, etc. [Then, the] swindlers ask victims to transfer money directly to a bank account or through a money remittance company as payment for processing, immigration and visa fees. Legitimate companies do not require payment of fees in order [for an applicant]to be considered for employment.”
Cacdac said another revealing sign that an employment ad is a scam are the glaring spelling and grammatical mistakes.
The POEA said those who want to work abroad should follow these steps: Do not apply at recruitment agencies not licensed by the POEA; do not deal with licensed agencies without job orders; do not deal with any person who is not an authorized representative of a licensed agency; do not transact business outside the registered address of the agency–and if recruitment is conducted in the province; check if the agency has a provincial recruitment authority and do not pay more than the allowed placement fee that is equivalent to one month salary, exclusive of documentation and processing costs; do not pay any placement fee unless you have a valid employment contract and an official receipt; do not be enticed by ads or brochures requiring you to reply to a Post Office (PO) Box and to enclose payment for processing of papers; do not deal with training centers and travel agencies, which promise overseas employment; do not accept a tourist visa; and do not deal with fixers.