MANILA, Philippines — The labor department has warned Filipinos aspiring to work overseas to be wary of spurious job offers online.
In a statement released Sunday, DOLE said the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Madrid, Spain received a request to verify an online job offer for a fruit farm cashier position in the country with a salary of 3,000 or 6,000 Euros.
POLO Madrid Labor Attaché Joan Lourdes Lavilla advised job seekers to be careful in entertaining ‘too good to be true’ job opportunities abroad amid numerous job offers proliferating on social media.
“What our kababayan did was right. She checked with us first before grabbing the job opportunity,” Lavilla said.
The Labor Attache said scammers use names of legitimate companies but usually offer jobs that are too good to be true.
Another indication of a spurious job offer is if the company gives mobile numbers only.
“One tip is to check their given address using Google maps because sometimes there is no actual structure or company,” Lavilla said.
She also said that another red flag of a scam is when an applicant is being required to send out money to an individual through a remittance center.
DOLE said legitimate job offers are listed on the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration’s website at https://www.poea.gov.ph/.
Meanwhile, Lavilla reported that with the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions in Spain, more overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) are now back to work.
She said Spanish employers prefer Filipino workers because of their capacity to speak and understand the English language.
According to the POLO Madrid official, OFWs in Spain, Andorra, France, Portugal, and Monaco, are composed of household service workers; hotel and restaurant staff; and professionals like Information Technology personnel, researchers, managers, and nurses. —/mbmf