CANADA — Filipinos were warned recently to be wary of fake job offers purportedly from the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) and a hospital in Canada.
Administrator Hans Cacdac of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) said UNICEF has alerted the agency over fake job offers circulating through emails.
“The fake email, which was sent by a Dr. Michael Wallace, informs the applicant of being accepted for the job and that training will take place in London after payment of fees has been completed,” he said.
In its website, UNICEF said it is aware of fictitious employment offers being circulated via email or originating from online job boards.
These schemes consist of an alleged offer of employment or contract with UNICEF in return for the payment of fees or providing personal or banking information, UNICEF added.
UNICEF said the agency does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process and that it only advertises employment opportunities on its global employment website or on the website of its country offices/national committees. It also utilizes bona fide and established media, newspapers and online job boards to disseminate its vacancies, UNICEF added.
Meanwhile, a hospital in Manitoba, Canada has denied involvement in a supposed “British English Training” program in the Philippines.
“We have been informed of a scam involving our hospital… To clarify, we are not hiring nurses here in this fashion,” Jon Einarson, executive director of Grace Hospital Foundation in Winnipeg, Canada said in his email.
Cacdac has advised prospective OFWs to disregard similar recruitment emails and not to divulge any personal or bank account information.
Last March, The Filipino Post reported that the Fraser Health authority is warning Filipinos not to fall for a recruitment scam offering jobs at B.C. hospitals.
“We have recently received reports of a phishing scam posing as Fraser Health recruitment and asking for funds for an interview/training fee in the Philippines,” said a statement issued by the health authority which serves than 1.6 million people including residents from Burnaby to Hope to Boston Bar.
“Please do not respond or send funds if you receive an email like this, it is a scam. Fraser Health would never ask for funds tied to an interview process or recruitment.
This phishing email has been reported to local authorities,” the authority said.Cacdac said Filipinos are getting emails that promise employment in hospitals and care centers in Canada and the United States, at almost no cost to the applicant.
However, the applicants will have to pay for medical tests and interview coaching in the Philippines. The inducements offered by the fake company are very tempting to many people looking for overseas employment, according to Cacdac.
The emails say applicants will not be charged a placement or processing fee and the cost of the air fare and work visa will be paid by the employer.
But the catch is they have to pay US$88 for “Canadian Embassy Interview Coaching” plus medical tests which cost up to 5,000 pesos, the POEA say.
“Victims are spending hard-earned money in pursuit of non-existent jobs,” Cacdac said. Cacdac is urging job applicants who received recruitment emails like these to forward them to firstname.lastname@example.org for verification and action by the POEA and police. (The Filipino Post)