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DOLE warns of new online scheme to victimize OFWs

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By Leslie Ann G. Aquino

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Tuesday has warned the public of another fraudulent scheme that uses a fake online email account that victimizes Filipino jobseekers.

In a statement, DOLE said the fake online email account, (philippineembassyunitedkingdom@gmail.com) posing as the Philippine Embassy in the United Kingdom (UK), recruits overseas workers for non-existent jobs.

The labor department said the fraudulent scheme was exposed when a report reached the Philippine Trade & Investment Centre (PTIC) in London about the said fake email address which recruits workers and provides requirements for UK B1 Working Visa.

The PTIC immediately responded to the email and clarified that the unscrupulous address is not the official email of Philippine Embassy in London nor affiliated with any Philippine government agency.

London Labor Attaché Reydeluz Conferido sought the assistance of other government agencies to track down the source of the email address, and immediately file cases against those behind it to protect Filipino workers.

“We hope that we could mobilize the other government resources to track its source and bring to justice those who are so brazen in this illegal activity,” Conferido stated.

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) reminded Filipinos jobseekers who plan to work overseas to visit www.poea.gov.ph, or call its hotline 722-11-44 / 722-11-55 or email them at info@poea.gov.ph to verify the license and permits of recruitment agencies and the legitimacy of the job orders.

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