More than 100 Filipinos from Manila, Ilocos, Abra and Bicol have been duped by an allegedly illegal recruiter who collected P130,000 to P215,000 to process jobs abroad.
The 130 victims were recruited through Facebook and were promised by the recruiter for employment in New Zealand, Australia, Canada and South Korea, according to the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO), which revealed the scam.
According to CFO, after paying the said fees, victims were told to meet with a fixer to arrange their attendance in the Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS) which is required in overseas job deployment.
However, CFO staff discovered that the payment receipts presented by the victims were not registered with the Bureau of Internal Revenue and further inspection revealed that the applicants were victims of an illegal recruitment operation.
“Upon arrival of the numerous victims, CFO officers interviewed them and offered clarification on the government’s process of deploying overseas Filipino workers, as well as assisted them in filing their complaints against their alleged perpetrator,” the CFO said in a statement.
A few of the victims claimed they have already worked at a canning factory in Cavite for three days as part of training for deployment.
The CFO reiterated the reminder to jobseekers to verify the license of agencies and the job orders they posted with the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) before proceeding with their application.