Phl Consulate in Toronto warns against nurse recruiting scam

( |  November 14, 2012

The Philippine Consulate General in Toronto warned the public against a scam circulating by e-mail which offers Philippine nurses non-existent jobs in Toronto-based hospitals.

A report from the Consulate General said the e-mail contained offers for work with Shouldice and other hospitals in Toronto. It invites nurses to “coaching interviews” conducted by staff of the said hospitals in Makati in preparation for supposed interviews to be conducted by the Canadian Embassy in Manila.

Participants are made to pay a fee of PhP3,888 for the “coaching interview,” which is a prelude to a two-day seminar at the completion of the initial consultation, the Consulate said.

According to Shouldice Hospital, it has been represented illegitimately and falsely by an “unidentified” agency in the Philippines as conducting interviews of nurses. These Filipino nurses have been sent e-mails supposedly from Shouldice Hospital. In the past few days, Shouldice Hospital has been receiving at least 100 e-mails and telephone inquiries about the coaching interviews by its staff in a Makati location, for potential employment in its hospital in Thornhill, Ontario. These would-be participants are asked to send money via Western Union, specifically to somebody using Shouldice Hospital’s officers including its Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

The Consulate General “advises recipients to be wary of such invitations, especially those that demand money from potential applicants.” DFA PISU


Phl to probe nationwide pyramid scam

Philstar, November 14, 2012

MANILA, Philippines (Xinhua) — The departments of Interior, Justice and Finance are jointly probing a pyramid scam that has reportedly victimized thousands of people in central and southern Philippines, Presidential Palace Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said today.

Lacierda urged the public to remain vigilant against scams disguised as “instant wealth” and to remember the adage that if something is too good to be true, then it probably is, as in the case of Aman Futures.

The three departments have ordered investigation into Aman Futures, Lacierda said.

He said the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a notice to the public on Aman Futures Group in August, following reports that it was operating in Pagadian City, offering securities to the public with a “double your money” promise.

The group, founded by Malaysian national Manuel Amalilio, allegedly gypped thousands of victims including politicians, police and military personnel, overseas workers and government employees.

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said that she wanted Amalilio and other executives of the trading firm to be brought to justice before the end of the year.

“We want to file the case in court before the year ends. We are checking those who are hiding. If they have left, we will check the countries of destination so we can immediately invoke existing bilateral agreements like MLAT (mutual legal assistance treaty),” de Lima said.

According to the NBI, Amalilio owned three private planes and two units at Upper Mckinley Hills Garden Villas in Taguig City. He also owned a house in Cebu City and Dapitan City.

The company was able to lure investors by encouraging them to invest in a double-your-money investment scheme.

Unsuspecting victims, mostly low-income earners in central Philippine region of Visayas and southern region of Mindanao, were promised a return of the entire sum of their investment plus investment profit ranging from 30 percent to 40 percent in less than a month.

Aman representatives claimed that the profit from the investments would come from a Malaysian brokerage firm, Okachi, supposedly engaged in futures trading of commodities such as oil, manganese, palm oil and nickel.