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May
22
2015

OFW Guide: Avoid Investment Scams

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How To Avoid Investment Scam

Check the authenticity of the company or the recruiter-  If  the company or the group cannot present authentication from SEC or the Bureau of Internal Revenues (BIR), they are most likely illegal.

Check the product and the services- The product and services of a company is legalized and authenticated by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Bureau of Food and Drugs (BFAD) and SEC. You can also try the product for yourself if it is real or fake.

Do not give your trust easily- Do not give your trust easily and make your own research before you give money. Also, to make sure that it is not a scam, inquire if you can visit the company and try their products to ensure their authenticity.

Observe- Observe the way they talk and their business proposals. The way they converse and their body contact can give you a hint if a person is sincere or just letting you bite their offer.

Be suspicious of e-mail and text alerts- Oftentimes, you receive spam alert through your email that asks you to join a group. You can also receive text messages saying that you won in a certain contest or if you can join them in their lucrative business offer.

Be wise and don’t be a victim of different scams targeting OFWs.

Read more information about Scam Alert for OFWs.

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May
21
2015

Scam Alert: Rampant Fake Job Offers to Canada

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POEA Admin Hans Leo Cacdac warned Filipino applicants to be wary of the fake job offers that are circulating right now. On his Facebook post, Admin Cacdac stated:

“Mag-ingat po sa email na kumakalat na nag-aalok daw ng trabaho sa Shriners Hospital for Children sa Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Heto ang mga elemento ng peke o bogus na modus operandi:

  • Ang nagpadala ng email ay tila taga Shriners Hospital for Children (kennethguidera@shrinershopsitalsforchildren.info);
  • Recruitment kuno ng caregivers, nurse aides, midwives, therapists — graduate or undergraduate, with or without PRC license daw; illegal
  • No experience required kuno, no examinations required kuno, no placement fee kuno;
  • May seminar na kailangang puntahan at bayaran ng P3,760;
  • May recruitment agency daw na pinangalanan, pero sa huli ay direct hiring or name hiring arrangement naman daw;
  • Padala daw ng resume o bio-data sa isang email address; at
  • Kailangan daw magmadali kasi “first pay, first reserve basis”.

 

HETO NAMAN PO ANG MGA ELEMENTO KAYA’T HINDI DAPAT PATULAN ITO:

  1. NANININGIL NG PERA.
  2. NAGMAMADALI.
  3. PURO MINATAMIS NA PANG-AKIT (NO PLACEMENT FEE, NO PRC LICENSE. NO EXAMS, ETC.).
  4. MAY LICENSED RECRUITER DAW, PERO DIRECT HIRING NAMAN.
  5. HINDI HO ESTILO O SISTE NG FOREIGN EMPLOYER, LALO NA SA CANADA, NA SUMULAT NG EMAIL.

HUWAG NA HUWAG HONG PATULAN ITO. MAGING MATALINO, HUWAG MAGPALOKO!

 

Hindi nagkukulang ng paalala ang mga authorities ukol sa mga illegal recruiters. We also have the responsibility to protect ourselves from these dangerous elements. Sino nga ba namang gustong maloko? We just have to be curious and be aware para hindi tayo mabiktima. Agree or not?

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Sep
5
2014

Illegal Recruitment Victims Saved in A Raid by NBI

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The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) rescued 15 women in a raid done at a suspected illegal recruitment agency in Malate, Manila.

The women were promised of jobs in the Middle East by the recruitment agency Tuem International Manpower Corp., saying they don’t have to pay any placement fees and other expenses.

NBI Anti-Human Trafficking Division (NBI-AHTRAD) Chief Eric Czar Nuqui said these women, who were from provinces, said that their placement fees were substituted by other fees, which includes accommodation, food and rent.

NBI-AHTRAD Chief Nuqui also added that Tuem International Manpower Corp.’s license with POEA to operate already expired last June.  He said that if ever these women made it to be deployed to in Middle East, they would be undocumented and vulnerable to being human trafficking victims.

But the agency’s officials defended that they were not operating illegally because they were just processing the last batch of their recruits. Gerry Olarte, a company official, denied the accusation made by one girl named Gina, saying that the women were not detained and that all of them are free to come in and out of the agency.

The NBI recovered more than 200 passports in a vault during the raid too, an additional charge on the case to Tuem International Manpower Corp.

 

The government had launched a mobile application that would help in reporting human trafficking activities. Concerned Filipino citizen can now download the 1343 Actionline mobile application on their Android phones and through i-Tunes. This mobile app will be accessible for anyone with the aid of their mobile phones. The mobile app also includes attachment of photos and video for the purpose of evidence on human trafficking cases. The government encourages every Filipino to download the 1343 Actionline mobile app to their mobile devices to help combat human trafficking in the Philippines.

 
Related article:

1343 Actionline Mobile Application: Aide to fight Human Trafficking

 

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Sep
5
2014

Stolen watch seen on internet by OFW victim

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Proving to be the ‘Worst Airport’ in the world, an overseas Filipino worker leaving for Dubai lost his precious jewelry and watch to thieves while in an airport in the Philippines.

The said valuables were placed inside his luggage, later found on to be forcibly unzipped. But the victim saw one of the missing watches on an online selling site and informed his family. They then seek the help of the National Bureau of Investigation or NBI for the entrapment operation which lead to the arrest of a suspect.

It is presumed that the suspect is part of a syndicate which sells stolen items in Manila Arranque Market.

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Oct
16
2013

Embassy Warns Against an Individual Offering Fake Exit Visa

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OFWs in Saudi Arabia especially those who desperately want to go home  are advised by the Philippine Embassy to be wary of a certain Warren Villegas Soriano who is allegedly offering to help OFWs facilitate their exit visas in exchange for money.

Soriano was reported to the Embassy by a group of OFWs who paid and submitted their travel documents to him after he promised that a high- ranking official would make it possible for their exit visas to be issued at the airport. Indeed the scammer returned their travel documents complete with exit visa reference codes and even the seat number for their flight.

However the exit visa reference codes specified in their travel documents were denied by Saudi immigration at the airport. The Embassy reiterate their warning to all OFWs against any individual who will promise repatriation assistance in exchange for money. They emphasized that issuance of exit visas can only be done through concerned Saudi authorities.

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