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Filipinos, Residing in London, Warned of Spurious Job Offers

The London situated Philippines Embassy lately cautioned Filipinos to be wary of a fresh scam that was supposedly offering jobs, Philstar.com reported on January 19, 2011.

In one report that PNA-UK (Philippines Nurses Association-United Kingdom) sent to the Philippines Embassy, it was revealed that the latest job allotment scam offered employment through e-mails to mainly potential nurses who'd earlier uploaded their curriculum vitas onto public sites for job hunts.

Thereafter potential victims received follow-up messages from their so-called recruiters offering jobs, an agreement contract mentioning benefit-packages and a high monthly salary, an employment certificate, as also an empty certificate endorsing high moral character.

Moreover, on furnishing the documentary requirements, the potential victim received an elaborate course of action for transmitting processing fees via the means of wire transfer. Additionally, a solicitor of the so-called recruiter described himself as belonging to a reputed law company.

But upon wiring the fees, the applicant no longer heard from either the fake recruiter or the solicitor.

States the Department of Foreign Affairs that the method of operation employed within the above incidence resembles other similar malicious campaigns online that the Embassy previously reported in connection with fake work opportunities for hotel staff, au pair, nannies, salespersons, store managers and engineers.

Regrettably, Filipinos filing complaints of this kind of Internet scam is happening for the second instance within January 2011 alone. During the 1st-week of the same month, Malaysia-based Filipinos reported to the Kuala Lumpur-located Philippine Embassy that similar scams had been victimizing them.

Sadly, via the two above-mentioned Internet scams, Filipinos have gotten so tricked that they handed over money to "online friends" that in reality are cyber-fraudsters who initially try to befriend them.

Thus, the London-based and Malaysia-based Philippine Embassies are alerting job-hunters that they must contact the Philippine Embassy nearest to them and seek guidance prior to submitting to spurious online proposals. Furthermore, they may request the Philippine Overseas Labor Office to provide a verification of any job offer by e-mailing at embassy@philemb.co.uk or polo.london@yahoo.co.uk. Likewise, they can also send a request for job verification to the authorized Malaysian online site of the Philippine Embassy.

Related article: Filipinos Facing New phishing Scam

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