Fake Online Jobs

Fake Overseas Job Openings Advertised Online

The POEA reported that many job applicants recently inquired about a public Facebook group “Now Hiring Work Abroad 2018” that advertised job offers for various positions in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, and other countries. Readers of the Facebook ads were asked to email their resume to an online job site.

The job offer included attractive benefits such as high salary, high overtime pay rate, paid vacation leave, free transportation, free food and accommodation, and more. But then applicants were also required to pay for processing fees for their visa or work permit.

An applicant reportedly received an email informing him that his job application for the United Kingdom had been approved. But he was also asked to deposit the visa fee of Php9,800.00 to a Philippine bank account within 48 hours.

The POEA cautions the public against accepting a job offers that ask for payment of fees for seminars and document processing. This is one sign that a job offer is a scam.


Warning Signs of Fake Overseas Jobs

Overseas job applicants need to be careful when dealing with recruiters. Aside from recruiters demanding payment of fees, here are other warning signs of job scams that applicants should be aware of:

  1. Vague job details

Scammers list vague job descriptions and job requirements. Usually, real job listings have clear job descriptions and exact job requirements.

  1. Unprofessional emails

Beware of emails containing glaring errors in spelling and grammar. Real companies will be represented by professionals who write well.

  1. No company name and address, or emails sent using a personal account

See if the email has the company address and phone number shown in the contact details. And also if the email address used is the official company email. Scammers sometimes use an email address that looks like real companies. To verify, copy and paste the email address into the search box and see what comes up.


How to Avoid Fake Overseas Jobs

Here are tips on how to avoid being scammed when looking for an overseas job.

  1. Do your research

Before even replying to any job ad, research details about the job, the company you’re applying for, and also the recruiter that you’ll be directly dealing with.

Find out how long the company and recruiter have been in business, and if there are any violations that they’ve been involved in.

  1. Ask for references 

Ask recruiters for names and contact numbers of companies that they’re working with and persons that they have recruited. A trusted recruiter should be able to give out these details without hesitation.

  1. Use trusted job sites

Take note that there are scammers in job boards too. To avoid or at least reduce your chances of getting scammed, be selective in using job sites. Use trusted job sites, preferably those with privacy policies and allow verified job seekers and employers only to view job listings.

  1. Get work permits

Beware of job offers using tourists or visit visas. Make sure that you have the proper work permit or visa for the job you’re applying for.


Verify with POEA

Beware of job offers using tourists or visit visas. Make sure that you have the proper work permit or visa for the job you’re applying for.

Job seekers are advised to apply only with POEA-licensed recruitment agencies. Check the validity of job offers with the POEA through its verification system at

  • poea.gov.ph
  • hotlines 722-1144 and 722-1155, and
  • the POEA mobile phone application (downloadable via Google Play or Apple’s App Store).