MANILA – Filipino nurses and healthcare professionals are advised to disregard emails that offer employment in big hospitals in Canada and in other countries.
"Instead, jobseekers may search the POEA [Philippine Overseas Employment Administration] website for available job orders or use the POEA application for smartphones and tablets,” POEA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac said.
Cacdac said applicants should just ignore fraudulent e-mails that say the recipient has been selected for a nursing position in a hospital without even submitting an application.
He said the bogus e-mail then instructs applicants to pay P3,750 as registration fee for a "mandatory orientation seminar."
Cacdac said the scammers offer jobs in hospitals and health institutions in countries like Canada, United Kingdom, United States of America, and Singapore, and use the names of licensed placement agencies in the Philippines for supposed recruitment activities.
The POEA said both agencies and hospitals cited in the emails have always denied involvement in the supposed recruitment of nurses in the Philippines.
The foreign healthcare facilities also made clear that they do not recruit through e-mail nor ask job applicants to undergo orientation seminars for a fee.