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Man Arrested for Duping Jobseekers in Thailand

In line with the Labour Day festivities held across the country spearheaded by the Department of Labour and Employment (DOLE), a number of job postings have been opened to the public for both local and overseas job placements.

Recently, Thailand has offered teaching positions for English teachers from the Philippines who would work under the government’s English programme for its primary and secondary students in public schools across the country. And while this has been great news for many of our aspiring kababayans, others took this chance to take advantage of those who have expressed interest in the positions offered in Thailand.

Man Arrested for Duping Jobseekers in Thailand

Filipino Recruiter Nabbed for Duping Jobseekers in Thailand

Such is the case of a Filipino man who had been scamming Filipino jobseekers by promising to secure them work permits in Thailand in exchange for money, as shared in a report by the Filipino Times.

Ernest Rey Basilio Salarza had been arrested last Tuesday (April 30) at an apartment near the Victory Monument in Bangkok for scamming at least nine Filipinos who paid him to secure work permits in Thailand.

Salarza, along with two other Filipinos identified as Emily Fabe and Ronygene Atregenio, allegedly posted misleading information on Facebook, advertising that their company, Best Care Provider, could provide work permits in Thailand in exchange for fees of 33,000 to 38,000 Thai baht (US$1,034 to $1,190).

One of the group’s victims filed a complaint when she realized that she had been victimized by scammers. The victim flew to Thailand to try her luck after learning that some of her friends were able to secure jobs in Bangkok as nannies and teachers.

And so, after she learned of the work permit offer, she got in contact with Salarza and took on their offer to get a work permit in Thailand. However, after she paid them the specified amount, the work permit they promised her never arrived.

Because of this, Salarza is now detained at the Klong Tan police station in Bangkok. His bail has been set at 100,000 baht while his accomplices, Fabe and Atregenio, are still at large in Thailand.

For our kababayans out there, always be hesitant when considering offers posted online. Be sure to go through the legal process and do not entertain unlawful practices that could get you into trouble, even in exchange for attractive payment or a job abroad. Make sure to always check with the POEA regarding recruiters that you may get into contact with online, and never give out money unless you have verified a company’s legitimate documentation with the POEA.

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