United Kingdom (UK) online jobs scam

James Ryan Jonas

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) advised job applicants intending to apply for a job in the United Kingdom to be wary of online offers that can supposedly send them to UK using only a student visa.
It was reported that the modus operandi of scammers is to send an email to UK job applicants with an invitation to meet in a Makati, Philippines office for a “face-to-face” interview. Those who “passed” the interview will then be asked to pay US$625 as processing or consultancy fee.
In exchange for a supposedly guaranteed 2-year multiple entry student visa, the applicant will also need to pay 2,750 pounds. They are also given a chance to pay only 750 pounds, with the balance payable once they have found a job in the UK.
Again, be warned. This is a SCAM.
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James Ryan Jonas teaches business management, investments, and entrepreneurship at the University of the Philippines (UP). He is also the Executive Director of UP Provident Fund Inc., managing and investing P3.2 Billion ($56.4 Million) worth of retirement funds on behalf of thousands of UP employees.