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Filipinos Cautioned against New Job Scam

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has alerted Filipinos looking for jobs in foreign countries to be wary of a new kind of scam that involves job recruitment. Apparently, the scam came to the notice of the Philippine Embassy in Germany, as reported By Newsinfo.inquirer on January 11, 2010.

The scam came to limelight when two ladies from Philippines visited the embassy regarding the verification of an organization called Markel-Power International. They visited the embassy to check whether the company was genuine or otherwise.

According to the statement given by the ladies, Markel-Power, apparently situated in Bremen (Germany), had confirmed through e-mail that it was going to recruit them, said the Embassy official, as reported by Gmanews.tv on January 9, 2010.

However, the e-mail stated that to get the job, employment hunters would have to send €70 to a Monza, Italy-based employment firm. The money should be sent via Western Union, the e-mail directed.

But, according to the Philippine Embassy, there was no company as Markel-Power International and it wasn't a member of the Bremen Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Moreover, the company address was fictitious just as it had no fax or telephone number. Additionally, its website used an ISP in the US instead of Germany, the embassy said.

Christine Queenie Mangunay, Charge d'Affairs, said that the Embassy was sure that it was a fake recruitment campaign of the Nigerian 419 scam, which targeted innocent jobseekers from Philippines, as reported by Newsinfo.inquirer on January 11, 2010.

Describing the Nigerian 419 scam, security experts stated that it sent unsolicited e-mails purportedly from the Nigerian Central Bank or the Nigerian government, targeting unwitting people. Its name was derived from the Nigerian Penal Code's section 419 that dealt with fraudulent schemes, they added.

According to the DFA, the Embassy has requested the Department to broach the matter to the Philippine National Police, the Department of Labor and Employment and the Department of Justice, as reported by Gmanews.tv on January 9, 2010.

During the 2nd week of January 2010, a OFWs (Overseas Filipino Workers) group indicated to the Philippine Government that it needed to address the unceasing unlawful hiring of OFWs to Macau (Hong Kong) whom scammers exploited excessively.

Related article: Filipinos Facing New phishing Scam

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