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Scam E-mails Targeting Healthcare Professionals and Nursing Staff, Cautions POEA

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has of late warned about fake e-mails that are promising to nurses as well as other healthcare staff from Philippines jobs at large hospitals within certain countries, especially Canada, published pia.gov.ph, July 1, 2014.

It maybe noted that working as an agency of the Philippine government, POEA helps Filipino citizens get employment abroad.

Hans Leo J. Cacdac, an administrator stated that the POEA got a sample e-mail that promised job at Kingston General Hospital situated within Ontario, Canada, while also directed applicants that they must submit a registration fee of P3,750 to undergo one compulsory training program. Pia.gov.ph reported this.

But according to the Kingston General Hospital (KGH) management, it hasn't started any recruitment program for nurses and healthcare professional within the Philippines.

KGH further stated on its website that it never employed overseas nurses, never fixed jobs over e-mails, as also wouldn't ever solicit money from applicants to further their application process.

Essentially according to Cacdac, citizens applying for jobs must simply overlook such e-mails which tell they've been hired as nursing staff for hospices even though there wasn't an application from them.

The bogus employment e-mail tells there'll be an urgent interview in which a face-to-face interaction between the worker and overseas employer will occur devoid of any processing and placement charges, while food and accommodation will be free for the applicant and there'll be other 'unbelievably real' benefits.

Elsewhere Cacdac stated that similar e-mails had been impersonating other hospitals too. Gmanetwork.com published this, July 1, 2014.

According to the administrator, job-hunters must utilize the POEA request for employment for tablets/smart-phones alternatively browse the POEA site to find job offers rather than acquire employment from social-networking websites.

In London, the Embassy-of-Philippine had previously cautioned about social networking and e-mail frauds attacking probable overseas Filipino employees.

It hinted the bogus employment e-mails sometimes grew in their level of sophistication towards making potential victims believe.

Further, the deceptive employment e-mails even contained appointment correspondences duly scanned, employment contract, sponsorship confirmation, as also lucrative salaries/perks. Occasionally, by utilizing Skype too, the scammers established communication with the individuals about to be victimized.

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