PH embassy raises alert on online job scams in Portugal

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The embassy recently noted an upsurge in the number of Filipinos who have been victimized or have received e-mails from alleged companies or law firms in Portugal which offer jobs or promise to process visa permits for employment through payment of exorbitant fees by money transfer. In some cases, unscrupulous individuals have misrepresented real and even reputable companies in Portugal by using information on their websites but replacing their contact information. The individuals require payment of fees for ?Entry-Clearance Certificates,? ?International /Overseas Employment Certificates-(I/OEC)? and ?Affidavits of Guarantee Fund? — all of which are not required by Portuguese authorities. The IOEC that the individuals are asking payment for is not the OEC legitimately issued by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), the embassy said. ?The public is hereby advised to exercise due diligence and caution in dealing with unverified parties to avoid being victimized by these scams. Be aware that business companies with international dealings rarely hire employees solely on the basis of a curriculum vitae but will always require personal interviews,? the embassy said. ?Prospective employees should likewise be wary of job offers from individuals who ask for fees for testing or processing of documents prior to employment because this is a sure sign of a scam,? it added. The Philippine embassy in Lisbon has already requested companies in Portugal to come up with their own public advisories and to coordinate with local authorities. The embassy said Filipinos who wish to travel or work in Portugal or have other transactions may contact the Portuguese embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia. ]]>

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