Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) are the backbone of the Philippine economy, sending billions of dollars in remittances back home each year. However, they are also unfortunately vulnerable to exploitation, particularly through scams. Here's what you need to know to stay safe and secure:


Common Scams Targeting OFWs:

Investment Scams: These scams often lure OFWs with the promise of high returns on investments, frequently through social media or online platforms. Scammers may pressure OFWs to invest quickly or use fake testimonials to create a sense of urgency or legitimacy. Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Love Scams: These scams involve individuals building emotional relationships with OFWs online and then manipulating them for financial gain. Scammers may present themselves as potential partners and gradually introduce financial requests, often under the guise of emergencies or unexpected situations. Be wary of online relationships that quickly turn romantic and involve requests for money or gifts.

Illegal Recruitment: Social media posts advertising jobs abroad can be particularly deceptive. These posts may bypass proper procedures and could be entirely fabricated, placing aspiring OFWs at risk.


How to Stay Safe from Scams:

Be cautious of online offers: Treat all online offers with a healthy dose of skepticism, especially those promising quick money or employment opportunities that seem too good to be true.

Verify information: Always verify the legitimacy of companies and individuals you encounter online through official channels. This could involve checking with the Department of Migrant Workers (DMW), the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE), or the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for investment opportunities.

Report suspicious activity: If you encounter a suspicious online offer or suspect you are being targeted by a scam, report it immediately to the DMW hotline (1326) or the CICC website (https://cicc.gov.ph/).

Educate yourself: Knowledge is power. Equip yourself with the necessary knowledge to protect yourself from scams. Attend financial literacy programs offered by the DMW, the PSE, or other reputable organizations. These programs can teach you about responsible investment strategies, how to identify red flags, and how to protect your personal information online. Finding Secure Employment:

Go through proper channels: Only seek employment through licensed agencies that adhere to proper procedures and legal requirements. The DMW website provides a list of licensed agencies to help you find legitimate job opportunities.

Be wary of sisterhood agreements: While Local Government Units (LGUs) can participate in sisterhood agreements with foreign counterparts to send workers abroad, it's crucial to ensure the DMW is involved in the process. The DMW's involvement guarantees that workers are deployed ethically and are protected under appropriate regulations.


You may also explore our article discussing the scams encountered by OFWs for further insight. Find more information here: https://www.workabroad.ph/blog/item/403/top-things-to-look-out-for-in-internet-email-scams

To learn how to validate an agency’s email, you can check it here: https://www.workabroad.ph/blog/item/409/validate-agency-email-tool-now-live


Additional Resources:

Department of Migrant Workers (DMW)

Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE)

Cybercrime Investigation and Coordinating Center (CICC)

Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)


In conclusion, while OFWs contribute significantly to the country's economy, they remain vulnerable to scams and exploitation. The government works to empower them through education, legal protections, and awareness campaigns for their safety. By staying informed and vigilant, OFWs can minimize these risks and find secure job opportunities abroad. Visit www.workabroad.ph for trusted job openings from DMW-licensed agencies. Always remember that your safety comes first.