WorldNgayon– The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) through its Philippine Embassy in Ottawa Canada would like to inform all Filipinos of the increasing incidence of questionable fake online recruitment for Filipinos to work in Canada. Filipinos are encouraged to be careful in dealing with companies or persons with job offers to Canada as this may be a fake online job or recruitment scam.
In order to avoid falling prey to this unscrupulous activities, the agency released the following tips how to spot fake job offers for Canada.
- If you received email from unknown source or some company who claims to have found your email online and it matches their job offer; Spam them.
- Offers high-paying jobs that require little or no experience;
- Check for poorly-constructed acceptance letter or job offer from the employer. Grammatical and spelling errors are often the sign that the job is not legitimate;
- Check if address of the recruiting company matches the given postal code (i.e. a Canadian company based in Alberta, Canada with postal code somewhere else);
- Check if the area code of the telephone number provided matches the address (i.e. a Canadian company based in Toronto but with a telephone number assigned to New York or India or Nigeria);
- The alleged company has no “online footprint,” or website at least. They cannot be searched on the internet;
- Requires payment of work visa fees by the job offer recipient to be coursed through the recruiting company;
- Requires administrative fees and direct deposit requirements; and
- Failure to mention anything about the processing of Labor Market Impact (LMIA) by the employer or failure to inform about the prescribed procedures for the processing of temporary work visa.
If spotted any of this indications, be more vigilant making sure to verify any given information before releasing documents or payments to suspected recruitment agencies. If there be any doubts on whether the job offer you received is legitimate, please report to and contact the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA) or the nearest Philippine Foreign Service Post in your place.