prevent Filipino workers from being victimized by illegal recruitment, the
Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) provides a list of top 12
ways that illegal recruiters operate. Recently, there is an addition to this
list as the POEA Chief; Hans Leo J. Cacdac revealed another illegal recruitment
scheme practiced by fly-by-night immigration consultants- that is the visa
to the POEA article on its official website, this scheme starts when an
unsuspecting jobseeker receives an unsolicited email offering job opportunities
for nurses and caregivers in valid and prestigious medical facilities in Canada and
United States of America (USA).
email that was forwarded to the POEA, the letter claims to be from Stevenson Memorial Hospital, a well-known medical
facility in Ontario, Canada. The bogus email informs
that the sender was selected for a certain job position and provides procedure
on the application and payment process.
may find it hard to ignore this email because it is complete with tempting
offers such as “No placement fee, No processing fee, No salary deduction, No
No experience required. What’s more- the sender specifies benefits such as free
accommodation and food allowance. Apparently, the only fees that they would
collect are for Php3,888.00 for “visa interview coaching” and Php5,000.00 for
close examination of the email would reveal that it has all the elements of a
scam. For one, it sounds too good to be true. The free email account used by
the sender is also a sign.
said, “But by examining the e-mail, one can easily conclude that it has
footprints of an employment scam. The introduction of the letter was copied
from the actual website of Stevenson Memorial Hospital.
The sender, David R. Purvis, used a hushmail.com free e-mail account instead of
the hospital’s internet domain name smhosp.on.ca.”
“These scammers have access to personal data of applicants in job search sites
and any e-mail informing an applicant of being selected for a specific job he or she did not apply for is
undoubtedly a recruitment scam.”
chief also stressed that immigration consultancy companies are not allowed to
engage in the recruitment of Filipino workers abroad unless they have a license
from the POEA.
also reminded aspiring workers to Canadathat employing the services of a consultancy company for advice on working visa
is not necessary.They can get this advice for free at the website of the
Citizenship and Immigration Canada:
website informs, “All the forms and information that you need to apply for a
visa are available for free on this website. If you follow the instructions in
the application guide, you can complete the application forms and submit them
on your own.”
encouraging jobseekers who have received such recruitment emails to forward the
same to firstname.lastname@example.org for verification and proper action by the POEA.