PHILIPPINE EMBASSY IN LISBON ISSUES ADVISORY ON INTERNET SCAMS
The Philippine Embassy in Lisbon would like to remind the public to be extra cautious
in making transactions over the internet with spurious companies and individuals
offering employment and issuance of entry/working visas for Portugal.
The Embassy has recently noted an upsurge in the number of Filipinos who have been
victimized or have received emails from alleged companies or law firms in Portugal
who offer jobs and/or promise to process entry/visa permits for employment through
payment of exorbitant fees by money transfer.
In some cases, unscrupulous individuals have misrepresented real and even reputable
companies in Portugal by using information on their websites but replacing their
contact information. These individuals require payment of fees for Entry Clearance
Certificates, International Oversea Employment Certificates (IOEC) and Affidavits
of Guarantee Fund, all of which are not required by Portuguese authorities. The
IOEC that these individuals are asking payment for is not the OEC legitimately issued
by the POEA.
The public is hereby advised to exercise due diligence and caution in dealing with
unverified parties to avoid being victimized by these scams. Be aware that business
companies with international dealings rarely hire employees solely on the basis
of a curriculum vitae but will always require personal interviews. Prospective employees
should likewise be wary of job offers from individuals who ask for monetary fees
for testing or processing of documents prior to employment because this is a sure
sign of a scam.