Filipino workers should be aware of the recurrence of a scam targeting applicants for employment aboard cruise ships.
The scam begins with an e-mail from the recruiter claiming to represent a major company such as Carnival Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, Disney Cruise Line, MSC Cruises, P&O Cruises, etc. The recruiter guarantees the target person a job with a cruise ship, in exchange for paying a fee upfront. When the victim pays, the scammer – and the supposed job – simply disappear.
The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration warns job seekers on the proliferation of unauthorized Facebook pages that post supposed overseas job vacancies using the POEA name and logo.
Most of the Facebook pages offering jobs are operated by scammers, illegal recruiters, and other enterprising individuals who wanted to earn extra money though advertisements and links to other job portals. Owners of these Facebook accounts post job vacancies that were either fake or unverified and were not approved by the POEA.