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DFA Cautions Filipinos about Fake Recruitment Scheme

The Embassy of Philippines in Spain reported to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) that a syndicate was running a job recruitment scam, which claimed to offer employment to Filipino workers in Spain, as reported by Globalnation.inquirer on February 16, 2010.

According to the embassy, the company, which is supposedly employing Filipino workers through the scam, is named Previsto Ferrocariel Guiscoanagin whose address is given at Calle Placentinos, Barcelona, Spain.

The syndicate's e-mail address shows as espanolconsulate@europe.com, the embassy reports.

The embassy also states that the e-mail address is well protected from spambots. The visibility of the address is possible with JavaScript enabled that allows exchange of messages with Filipino employees. Moreover, the e-mail apparently makes the workers believe that it has been sent from the Embassy of Philippines in Madrid, as reported by Abs-cbnnews on February 16, 2010.

However, the e-mail address is a fake, said the Barcelona located Philippine Consulate General.

The online recruitment operation is nothing but a scam run by online scammers to defraud unwitting people seeking job opportunities in a foreign country. Furthermore, the fraudulent electronic mails come from perpetrators based overseas. As a result, investigating agencies face difficulty to trace the culprits.

Meanwhile, security researchers underscore that the above kind of job scams are comparatively severer than the majority of domestic based scams. This is because job hunters are likely to give their substantial personal information to online scammers, who use the information for malicious purposes. Consequently, job hunters become increasingly vulnerable to Internet attacks.

On the basis of available facts, people are advised to remain careful about employment proposals from the so-called recruiting company. Actually, they should at the foremost verify the authenticity of an employment proposal along with the company making the offer with the Department of Labor and Employment, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, or the concerned country's Philippines Overseas Labor Office.

In the end, it is reiterated that job seekers should know that organizations don't dispatch uninvited e-mails for hiring workers, particularly in countries such as the Philippines where government agencies strictly regulate workers' recruitment. Moreover, authentic employers will normally hold interviews of the candidates or utilize a reputed agency.

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