POEA: Be wary of ‘job offers’ in Portugal

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Saturday, August 30, 2014


THE Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) warned Saturday aspiring overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) against being duped by unscrupulous individuals that are offering jobs in Portugal.

In a statement, POEA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac said there are illegal recruiters that are claiming to represent "real and reputable" companies in Portugal by using information on their websites but replacing the contact information.

"We are warning overseas job applicants to be extra careful in considering offers of employment through the internet," said Cacdac.

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Based on the modus operandi, potential victims receive e-mails from alleged companies or law firms in Portugal supposedly offering jobs and/or promise to process entry visas or work permits through payment of fees by money transfer.

The POEA added that perpetrators even require payment of fees for Entry Clearance Certificates, International Overseas Employment Certificates (IOEC), and Affidavits of Guarantee Fund, all of which are not required by the Portuguese authorities.

"The public should be aware that prestigious companies have their own human resource department that always require personal interviews and rarely hire employees through the internet," said Cacdac.

"Any unsolicited job offer through e-mail which requires payment of fees for testing, language seminar, documentation, and processing of visa is a sure sign of a scam," he added.

The warning comes after the POEA received a report from the Philippine Embassy in Lisbon of cases of Filipinos who have been victimized by illegal recruiters.

One case involved a Filipino national, who was offered a managerial position in Grupo Salvador Caetano, which is a major Portuguese company.

This after the firm has clarified that the employment offer was not real and that they have received several other reports of bogus job offers using the name of their firm. (HDT/Sunnex)

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