POEA accredited agencies – How many are legitimate? This question is the first question that enters a Filipino overseas worker’s mind. With all the scam artists in the Philippines looking to fleece the unsuspecting job seeker with offers of lucrative jobs in far-away places, it is good to have an agency like the POEA to accredit and regulate recruitment agencies locally.
How does one check if the recruitment agency is legitimate or tell-tale signs they are a scam
1. POEA License, there are a number of steps that a would-be recruitment agency must go through before a license is released. First you would need to have proof that you actually have employers abroad that you will match locals with, this is hard to fake as the POEA checks extensively the background of the off-shore employers
2. Up-front fees. some “POEA Agencies” will chrage you an upfront fee – from $50 to a few thousand dollars these fees should be thoroughly perused before paying them. Many agencies are paid by the off-shore employers a finders fee for getting them the right employee. In fact this is the industry standard, if a company in Saudi needs an oil-driller, they contact the POEA and then the POEA gives a list of manpower agencies, the agencies then submit a list of workers and the companies choose the workers, when the workers are hired the agency gets paid. Beware of up-front fees
3. Migration / Immigration offices that offer jobs abroad, these fall into a gray area as these offices do not have a POEA license to disburse jobs, they are just migration experts who are sometimes(unwittingly) tied up with scam agencies
All in all just use common sense to weed out the false from the true when it comes to POEA “accredited agencies” – check their license right of the bat to see if they are legit