Beware of unscrupulous individuals who have found a scheming way of riding on in DOLE job fairs to victimize unsuspecting job seekers.


“I am sad to say there are unscrupulous individuals who use our own job fairs as a venue to peddle illegal recruitment scams and lure unsuspecting jobseekers to fall in their dubious machinations. I warn jobseekers to report them at once to us so that we can take appropriate action,” said Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz.


Baldoz issued the statement and the warning yesterday after she received a reliable report from an employer representative in Davao City the other day that there are individuals apparently riding on in DOLE job fairs by distributing pieces of paper to applicants allegedly coming from a hiring company or job fair organizers, and asking for personal details of victims, such as phone number and email addresses.

The scammers later contact job applicants, and tell them that they have been selected. After which, they will be required to deposit P1,000 – 1,500 to a money remittance company, allegedly for pre-employment and physical examination. This comes with an instruction that after the deposit, the applicant must contact the scammer’s number for further instructions.

Scammers use a fictitious name of an alleged company HR staff as contact person.


The Secretary enjoined all DOLE regional offices to be on guard of this modus operandi and report them immediately to police authorities.

“I also urge our partners from Public Employment Service Offices in local government units to be on alert of this new scam and help us disseminate this warning to people in their localities,” Baldoz said.

Last week, Secretary Baldoz advised jobseekers wanting to work overseas, especially in the United Kingdom, to be wary of fake job vacancies posted in the internet.

This after the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration warned of bogus job vacancies postings in the internet and enticing Filipino workers to apply for non-existent jobs in the United Kingdom.


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