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The POEA warns ambitious OFWs about work scams.

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) issued a warning on Tuesday to job searchers about a text message scam purporting to provide opportunities in other countries.

The agency’s Anti-Illegal Recruitment Unit said in a Facebook post that the scam seeks to trick the victim into opening a link that purports to offer information about a job opportunity.

“Ignore or delete this text message if you receive it.” This is a rip-off! POEA has nothing to do with this. This type of text message is a phishing scam in which you click on a link that takes you to a website that collects your personal information, passwords, account numbers, and other sensitive information and uses it for illicit purposes,” it said.

The National Telecommunications Commission issued a similar warning, advising the public not to be fooled by text messages promising high-paying jobs.

“We remind you once again to be smart, don’t be tricked!” the agency stated.

It also reminded the public that if they want to apply for jobs in other countries, they should only do so through the POEA and accredited recruitment companies.

Interested individuals can find real employment offers by visiting the agency’s website and social media profiles.

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