The Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) office has warned the public about a new job scam being perpetrated by individuals posing as recruitment agencies via text messages.
The scammers are offering fake jobs to migrant workers, promising them high salaries and good working conditions. They then ask you to click a website link which will redirect you to a page where they might ask you for your personal information.
According to a post shared on the official Facebook Page of the DMW office, coming from the POEA Anti-Illegal Recruitment page, the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has shared that they are intensifying their efforts to fight these job text scams in the country.
SMS Messaging Job Scams
The DMW page has also shared the text message below which features the details that the recipient might receive:
Your employment CV sent to the POEA has been approved, Click for Details – and you can get 2889/day
If you received a text message like this, ignore or erase it as it is a SCAM!
This text message does not come from POEA! This type of SMS message is a type of phishing scam that has a website link wherein if you click it, you will be redirected to a page where your personal data, password, account number, or other sensitive information might be used for illegal operations.
The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) warns everyone not to believe these types of texts where they will provide a job offer promising you a high-paying salary.
We would like to remind our fellow Filipinos to not fall victims to these types of scams.
What is a Phishing Job Scam?
A phishing job scam is a type of scam where the perpetrator will send a text message or email to their target, promising them a job with a high salary. They will then ask you to click on a link that will redirect you to a fake website that looks like the official website of the company they are supposedly representing. Once you are on this fake website, they might ask you for your personal information, passwords, or other sensitive data.
How to Avoid Phishing Job Scams?
Here are some tips from the National Telecommunication Commission (NTC) on how you can avoid falling victim to these types of scams:
1. Do not click on links sent by strangers. If you are not familiar with the sender, do not open the link.
2. Do not disclose your personal information to anyone you do not know. This includes your passwords, bank account numbers, credit card information, etc.
3. Be careful of job offers that promise high salaries without requiring any experience or qualifications. These are most likely scams.
4. Do your research on the company that is supposedly offering the job before you apply. Make sure that they are a legitimate company and not a fake one created by the scammer.
5. If you are unsure about a job offer, you can contact the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) for assistance.
Below is the post from the official FB page of DMW:
Kung nakatanggap ka ng ganitong text message, balewalain o burahin. Isa itong SCAM!
Hindi po ito nagmula sa POEA! Ang ganitong text message ay isang phishing scam na kung saan may link na kapag na-click ay mareredirect sa isang website na maaaring makuha ang inyong mga personal data, password, account number o iba pang mga sensitibong impormasyon at magamit sa mga ilegal na gawain.
Nagbabala na din ang National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) na huwag maniwala sa mga text na nag-aalok ng trabaho na may pangakong malaking sweldo.
Muli namin kayong pinapaalalahanan na maging matalino, huwag magpaloko!