DOLE warns overseas jobseekers against fake job offers on social media

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) warned jobseekers on Monday, October 4 against the job offers on fake social media accounts pretending to be agencies like DOLE and POEA.

The Information and Publication Service (IPS) of DOLE received a report from a jobseeker who said that a certain Arthur Villena who is allegedly working at DOLE offered her a job and have already discussed primary details about it.

In an interview with GMA News, the jobseeker said that she saw the job offering posted on “DOLE Job Assistance-Local and Abroad” Facebook page together with many other jobs for both local and abroad. She saw this as an opportunity and believing it was the real DOLE’s Facebook page, she applied for it.

On the page, a contact number 0935-743-0054, was posted, which the jobseeker called to inquire about the job offering.  A certain “Arthur Villena” received her call and introduced himself as a DOLE employee.  He then asked her to pay P1000 as reservation fee, which she sent through mobile money transfer.

The jobseeker was instructed by Arthur Villena to meet him at the DOLE Central Office in Intramuros, Manila to assist her for the job application. Unfortunately, no Arthur Villena showed up and he was no longer answering the phone calls.

The jobseeker then thought she must have been scammed and so she consulted DOLE for assistance.

DOLE investigated and found out that the DOLE Facebook page that is offering local and overseas job opportunities is a fake DOLE page that used the department’s official logo, posted pictures of trainings, and a photo of former Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz.

Upon verification, the name “Arthur Villena” does not exist on the official roster of employees of DOLE. The DOLE Job Assistance-Local and Abroad Facebook page where the jobseeker found Arthur Villena and the job offering was a fake account.

DOLE IPS already reported the page to Facebook team to suspend it.  DOLE said that there had been numerous fake social media accounts with the same modus operandi and asked the public to be extra wise in dealing with them.

DOLE advised jobseekers to only transact with their official website and should only talk to legit DOLE employees.

For overseas job offerings and to know the accredited recruitment agencies in the country, DOLE advised the public to check the website of the POEA at www.poea.gov.ph.

Source: GMA News

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