DOLE warns on ‘too good to be true’ online job offers abroad

October 31, 2021 People's Tonight 63 views

THE Department of Labor and Employment yesterday warned Filipinos aspiring to work overseas to be wary of spurious job offers online.

The DOLE issued the warning after the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Madrid, Spain received a request to verify an online job offer for a fruit farm cashier position in the country with a salary of 3,000 or 6,000 Euros.

POLO Madrid Labor Attache Joan Lourdes Lavilla said that with numerous job offers proliferating in social media, job seekers should be careful in entertaining ‘too good to be true’ job opportunities abroad.

“We advise jobseekers to be very cautious. Scammers use names of legitimate companies and when you look at the job offer, it is usually too good to be true. They also give mobile numbers only.

One tip is to check their given address using Google maps because sometimes there is no actual structure or company,” she said.

The labor attache also said that another indication of a scam is when an applicant is being required to send out money to an individual through a remittance center.

“What our kababayan did was right. She checked with us first before grabbing the ‘job opportunity’,” she added.

Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III said overseas job seekers may visit the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration’s website at https://www.poea.gov.ph/ to verify the legitimacy of job offers.

Meanwhile, Lavilla informed that with the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions in Spain, more overseas Filipino workers are now back to work, adding that Spanish employers prefer Filipino workers because of their capacity to speak and understand the English language.

OFWs in POLO Madrid’s jurisdiction, which includes Spain, Andorra, France, Portugal, and Monaco, are composed of household service workers; hotel and restaurant staff; and professionals like Information Technology personnel, researchers, managers, and nurses.

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