The Department of Foreign Affairs yesterday warned of a possible scam targeting nurses and other healthcare professionals in the Philippines by offering them non-existent jobs in Canada.
DFA spokesman Charles Jose said in a statement he issued that a Philippine-based agency, Primera Human Resources Services, is offering fake caregiver positions to Filipino health workers at the Ian Anderson House, an in-resident cancer hospice in Oakville, Ontario.
Jose said the Philippine Consulate General in Toronto has received a report that an invitation is being circulated through email for a two-day seminar on March 7 to 8 in the Philippines where invited participants are asked to pay P3,800 in exchange for guaranteed employment at the hospice.
Jose said that upon consultation with the representative of the Ian Anderson House, the consulate general has verified that the facility is not seeking employees or offering employment opportunities at this time and that it is not in any way connected with the purported seminar.
A quick check with the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration’s website also revealed that Primera Human Resources Services “is a licensed agency,” but “does not have approved job orders from Canada.”
“In view of this, the public is strongly urged to exercise caution when responding to this invitation or similar offers of employment and to verify them with the POEA to avoid being victimized by unscrupulous individuals,” Jose said.*PNA
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