Here's an advisory for nurses who wish to work overseas and try to find their luck through the internet. There's this alleged nursing job scam that uses the internet to victimize individuals by sending job orders and asking money that only result to non existing jobs.
The scheme usually starts with a person pretending to be an employer sends consecutive fraudulent e-mails to lure prospective victims. Messages are complete with details that would tempt any jobseeker as these contain a job offer, an employment contract and a contract of agreement that specifies an attractive compensation and benefits. To make it appear legitimate, the swindler would first request the victim to send required documents. When the needed documents are sent, the scammer would then order the victim to transfer money through mobile or remittance centers. And then boom, you wouldn't hear any information from them after they got what they really wanted.
And unfortunately, yes, I was a victim.
For more than a year, I've been wanting to have a job that could provide my family's financial dilemma and I've been scattering my resume all over the net thinking that it could help me land a job.
I have an account in one of the public job search websites (ok, let's name it, Jobstreet). I have applied to most of the jobs that relates to nursing, may it be local or international. I have the habit of frequently checking my mails hoping that one day, an employer would pay interest and give me a job offer. Last year, sometime in May 2011, I received a text message from a registered sender (it showed the name of a hospital in London and had no mobile number) that said I have a pending e-mail and need to check it immediately. I was shocked and at the same time excited so I hurriedly checked my mails. There was this message with the subject, "YOU ARE SELECTED". The message said that I was selected to be offered a nursing job in London. It was asking me to pay P3,000 first in order to make a slot reservation for a 2 day British Embassy Coaching and then all other steps will follow after they have received that amount of money.
I was really doubtful because I couldn't remember that I applied for the said job but my family especially my tita whose a successful nurse in London were very excited. She sent me money straightaway and told me to grab the chance. The next morning, I went to the nearest remittance center on its first hour. I paid the designated money they were asking. And after paying, I texted them, they replied thanking me and saying that my friends who are also interested could also apply. WTF, I thought I was one of the few selected? With that response, I already concluded that this might be a scam. Later in the afternoon, I tracked my payment through the remittance center's website. And that when I saw that my payment was already claimed and from then on, the person never replied again. STUPID.
Here's the message I got from the f*cking evil scammers:
REMINDER: Please READ & UNDERSTAND this email message, it is
advisable for you to PRINT it.
After evaluation of your resume since we placed an advertisement
in Jobstreet, we are pleased to tell you that you
are SELECTED for the position of a Staff Nurse ( Philippine licensed ) and/or Caregiver/ Nursing Aide ( Non Philippine license ) for The Christie NHS Foundation Trust Hospital in London City.
Why work with us?
Working at the Christie is a unique challenge. We are one of the largest cancer treatment centres in Europe and an international leader in cancer research and development. The hospital is based in Manchester and, because it is a specialist centre, patients travel here from all over the North West and beyond. We cover a population of 3.2 million, employ over 2,000 staff and have over 300 volunteers.
Internationally renownedWe are proud of our hospital and what we have achieved. The name of the Christie has a very special meaning for people across the North West whose lives have been touched by cancer. Our reputation for world class treatment and care is echoed regionally, nationally and internationally.We are also very proud of our staff and recognise that it is thanks to their skills and dedication that we are regarded as an international leader in cancer care, research and development.You should attend the FIRST & LAST British Embassy Coaching for this year 2011 on June 04 & 05, 2011 (Saturday & Sunday) from 9:00AM-5:00PM. WE, EMPLOYERS ARE NOW HERE IN THE PHILIPPINES.Call us for inquiries strictly from 9:00am-5:00pm Monday-Friday(12:00-1:00PM Lunch Break/3:00-3:30PM Coffee Break):Landline nos.: (02) 218-29-76Cellular No.: 0915-902-55-68 (Company Mobile Phone)We will start accepting inquiries starting May 30, 2011 (Monday) – June 03, 2011 (Friday) strictly from 9:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M. only(12:00-1:00PM Lunch Break/3:00-3:30PM Coffee Break).NO PLACEMENT FEE! NO PROCESSING FEE! NO SALARY DEDUCTIONOPPORTUNITY! Airfare, Nurse Midwife Council Registration pack for Staff Nurses & Midwives, work permit & working visa will be shouldered by the employer, the only expenses that you are going to shoulder is the medical exam fee & British Embassy Coaching fee because this is on a DIRECT/NAME HIRE BASIS.To better understand the process, we provide you with ourapplication procedure:Application Procedure:Sending of resume thru email for Pre-qualification (done)Once selected, you will receive an e-mail message & a text message from us telling you that you are selected for the position & we will ask you to prepare the necessary requirements listed below (done)We will send an e-mail message requiring you to attend a 2-day British Embassy Coaching which is a requirement by the employer before working in any European Country (done)After receiving our e-mail message, you can call us for inquiriesor pay anytime the British Embassy Coaching fee at ouraccredited payment center for SLOT RESERVATION (first step)Attend the 2-day British Embassy Coaching (June 04 & 05, 2011 9am-5pm), get the required certificate, orientation with the employer (June 04, 2011 9:00-10:00 AM) & signing of employment contract with interview with the employer (June 05, 2011 4:00-5:00 PM)After finishing the 2 day British Embassy Coaching,receiving the required certificate, orientation with the employer &signing of employment contract, you can now submit the necessaryrequirements.While the documents are still on process you have to get anendorsement letter for medical examination (your choice of clinic/hospital as long as it is accredited by DOH, POEA & MARINA)After we received your documents (max. of 2 weeks aftermailing the documents), we will start processing your work permit(max. of 4 weeks processing)After the approval of your work permit, we will start processingyour working visa (max. of 4 weeks processing)After the approval of your working visa, schedule for Pre-departure orientation seminar (PDOS), interview in the embassy forvisa stamping & securing of pre-paid ticket adviceDeployment Date (maximum of 3 months if requirements are submitted on June 04 & 05, 2011)British Embassy Coaching fee is 3,000.00 (PhilippinePeso), 100% refundable (no deductions) if not satisfied with theemployment package. Refunds are process at our office after theorientation on June 04, 2011 Saturday at 10:00 A.M. Employmentpackage will be discussed during the orientation. NO OTHER HIDDENCHARGES.British Embassy Coaching will be conducted at our officeat:The Christie Foundation Trust2241 Pedro Gil St.Sta. Ana, ManilaLandline no.: (02) 218-29-76Cellular No.: 0915-902-55-68 (Company Mobile Phone)TAKE NOTE: British Embassy Coaching that you are going to attend are purely training & exercises, NO EXAMS REQUIRED, nobody fails the training.We will only accept those selected applicants who paid on or before June 03, 2011 (Friday) until 12:00 P.M. lunchtime upon slot availability. PLEASE TEXT US FIRST BEFORE MAKING ANY PAYMENT TO CHECK SLOT AVAILABILITY. We will automatically replace those who did not comply. IT’S A FIRST PAY, FIRST RESERVE BASIS!You can pay thru LBC Branches Nationwide. You can ask somebody to pay for you if you are not available in the country or busy with your work. Please ask for the REMITTANCE FORM & just follow the format below:VERY IMPORTANT NOTICE: Payment should be thru BRANCH PICK-UP NOT FOR DELIVERYLBCShipper InformationName: YOUR NAMEAddress: YOUR ADDRESSPhone No. YOUR LANDLINE OR CELLULAR NO.Signature: YOUR SIGNATURERemittance DetailsPls. check thru BRANCH PICK UP (Instant Peso Padala)Amount: Three thousand Pesos (3,000.00)Consignee InformationName: Mr. IAN C. MOSTONAddress: The Christie Foundation Trust2241 Pedro Gil St.Sta. Ana, ManilaPhone No.: (02) 218-29-76After payment, please text us the following information at 0915-902-55-68 (Company Mobile Phone) for slot reservation:Tracking No.:Your Full Name:Branch of LBC you made the payment:After texting us the payment details, we will verify the validityof payment online and we will text you back VERY IMPORTANTINFORMATION & reserve your work slot. Maps & Directions will be sent thru email to PAID & RESERVED Applicants together with the draft of the employment contract.We offer FREE FOOD & ACCOMMODATION to those selected applicants coming from the province. We reimburse transportation expenses just present to us the OFFICIAL RECEIPTS/TRAVEL TICKETS of your travel expenses on Saturday June 04, 2011 10:00AM. Please call us for free shuttle service from the airport or terminal.As a company policy, all payments should be made at any LBC BRANCHES NATIONWIDE. Please bring the proof of payment with you on the training dates so that we will accommodate you. No payments are accepted during training days & we will not entertain walk-in applicants who are not yet paid during weekdays. Names of paid applicants are forwarded to the Information desk/guard on duty for them to easily identify who are allowed to enter office premises & attend the training.Schedule of Activities on June 04 & 05, 2011 (Saturday & Sunday):June 04, 2011 (Saturday)Attire: Smart Casual9:00-10:00 a.m.: ORIENTATION (you can bring your parents, nearestrelative or your husband/wife)10:00-12:00 p.m.: British Embassy Coaching12:00-1:00 p.m.: FREE Lunch1:00-3:30 p.m.: British Embassy Coaching3:30-4:00 p.m.: FREE Snack4:00-5:00 p.m.: British Embassy CoachingJune 05, 2011 (Sunday)Attire: Semi-Formal9:00-12:00 p.m.: British Embassy Coaching12:00-1:00 p.m.: FREE Lunch1:00-3:30 p.m. British Embassy Coaching3:30- 4:00 p.m.: FREE Snack4:00-5:00 p.m.: Interview with the employer & Signing of Employment Contract (you can bring your parents, nearest relative or your husband/wife)Attire: Semi-Formal9:00-12:00 p.m.: British Embassy Coaching12:00-1:00 p.m.: FREE Lunch1:00-3:30 p.m. British Embassy Coaching3:30- 4:00 p.m.: FREE Snack4:00-5:00 p.m.: Interview with the employer & Signing of Employment Contract (you can bring your parents, nearest relative or your husband/wife)FREE Training Materials will be provided such as Original DVD copyof the training, plastic/brown envelope, pencil, eraser, ball penHere are the list of requirements to be submitted during trainingdays if available on hand, TO FOLLOW IF NOT AVAILABLE 1 set all photocopied:1. Updated Resume with or without picture2. 4pcs. Passport size picture (white background)3. Valid passport (if available, only needed during Embassyinterview)4. Employment Certificates (if applicable)5. Diploma or training certificate6. Transcript of records7. Birth Certificate (NSO)8. NBI Clearance (Abroad) (if available, only needed duringEmbassy interview)NOTE: NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED BECAUSE THERE IS A FREE ON THE JOB TRAINING WITH SALARY, WITH FREE ACCOMMODATION AND FOOD ALLOWANCE WITHIN THE CONTRACT PERIOD IN LONDON.We, Employers will be leaving by June 06, 2011 (Monday) to immediately process your work permit.Sincerely yours,Mr. IAN C. MOSTONDirector of Finance and business developmentThe Christie NHS Foundation Trust HospitalWilmslow RoadManchesterM20 4BXUnited Kingdom
So if anyone of you my dear nurse readers (if there are), be reminded to always check the validity of a job order especially if you only got the job online. Also, verify first the agency with the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency website if it offers a job abroad.
Take care and be warned!