“You are selected!”
The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration advises jobseekers to think twice before replying to e-mails with the said subject especially those coming from “international companies” they have never heard of before.
Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac said an e-mail congratulating an applicant for being selected for a specific job he or she did not apply for reeks of a recruitment scam. “When you post your resume to a job search site, you are opening your personal data to potential employers, and even scammers, so be careful,” Cacdac added.
The administrator said these e-mails promise employment in hospitals and caregiving establishments in Canada and the U.S.A. at almost no cost to the applicant but they have to pay for medical tests and interview coaching in the Philippines.
Cacdac cited the case of a certain Fraser Health which recruits nurses and caregivers for supposed employment in Canada. Upon verification, the real Fraser Health in Canada denied the e-mail came
from them. The fake company uses free e-mail accounts at hushmail.com whereas the true Fraser Health uses their domain name fraserhealth.ca.
Cacdac said the come-ons offered by the fake company could be hard to refuse for some Filipino workers looking for overseas jobs. The e-mail said applicants would not be charged any placement or processing fee, and the cost of air fare and work visa would be paid by the employer. But the catch is they have to pay Php3,750.00 for “Canadian Embassy Interview Coaching” and medical
tests costing up to Php5,000.00.
“Because the company is not real, the victims are unnecessarily spending hardearned money in pursuit of non-existent jobs,” Cacdac said.
Cacdac urges job applicants who received such recruitment e-mails to forward the same to firstname.lastname@example.org for verification and proper action by the POEA and police authorities.