How OFW can avoid illegal recruitment?
Of course, it’s not all bad news. There are many legitimate sources of employment for OFWs and Filipino workers who want to stay in their home country. But there are also lots of scams out there trying to take advantage of the foreign worker community by luring them with promises of high-paying jobs or free accommodation and travel, before disappearing with their money. Here are some ways you can avoid being scammed by illegal recruiters:
Avoid fake recruitment agencies
- Avoid agencies that charge fees before they find you a job.
- Avoid agencies that ask for money to get your visa and other documents.
- Avoid agencies that claim to be government-accredited, or which claim to have offices in many countries.
Don’t pay for anything until you see the job offer.
- Don’t pay for anything until you see the job offer.
- Don’t pay for anything if you don’t know who the employer is.
- Don’t pay for anything if you don’t know what the job is.
- Do not give any personal information or bank account details to anyone who contacts you regarding employment opportunities abroad until they provide proof that they are legitimate and reputable employers.
Beware of scams promising high-paying jobs in the country.
If you’re thinking about working in the country, beware of scams promising high-paying jobs. These jobs may be available but not to everyone and the pay might not be what it seems.
To avoid being scammed by such offers, do your research first: check out other similar workers’ experiences with whatever company or recruiter you’re considering working with; read reviews on sites like Glassdoor; look at LinkedIn profiles of employees who worked there; ask friends who have worked there or lived near them (but don’t rely on just one source).
Verify if the recruiter is legit
- Verify if the recruiter is legit
- Check their website
- Check their social media accounts
- Check reviews on Google, Facebook and other search engines
- Check track record and business license
Ask for a list of overseas employers they work with.
- Ask for a list of overseas employers they work with.
- Verify the recruiter’s legitimacy by asking for their company name, address, and contact details (including email).
- Ask for a list of their clients who you can contact if you have any issues or concerns about your job offer abroad.
Beware of recruiters offering high-paying jobs but demand a placement fee.
- Don’t pay a placement fee.
- Do not pay for any documents, training or any other fees.
- Never pay for a job offer or work permit. It is illegal! If you do so, you will be held liable for any consequences that come from it and can even face deportation because of this reason alone.
Avoid recruiters who say they have a ‘special connection’ in government.
To avoid illegal recruitment, it is important to know that government officials do not get involved in this process. The government does not charge fees for job placements and also does not give out jobs. Government officials also do not give out visas or other services as part of their role in recruitment and placement of OFWs in overseas positions.
If you come across someone who claims to be an official of some kind, ask them if they really work there; if they say yes, then run away!
Be on guard against illegal recruiters
There are some common signs that you should look out for when dealing with recruiters.
- The recruiter will not tell you who he or she is. While it is a good idea to know that there are different types of scams, such as fake job offers and recruitment fraud, it’s also important to protect yourself against other types of scams. If a recruiter does not give his/her name or show any identification documents before starting the conversation with you, then it can be considered suspicious behavior by most people who want to avoid being scammed by illegal recruiters in the first place!
- The recruiter refuses to answer any questions about where they’re from and what kind of company they work for. This is one way that scam artists try their hand at making sure they gain trust from potential victims so as not have them question anything else later on down the line when things go south between them – but remember: if someone refuses
We would like to conclude this blog with a reminder that we are not alone in this fight. As OFWs, we have a responsibility to protect ourselves from illegal recruitment and other scams. The Philippines has passed laws prohibiting the practice of illegal recruitment but these laws do not go far enough in protecting OFWs from being victimized by unscrupulous employers. We hope that you will keep these tips in mind as you navigate through your job search journey