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Singapore hospitals in Filipino nurses scam

Zafar Anjum | Feb. 28, 2013
Messages have been sent out to nurses in Philippines using the name of Singapore hospitals such as SGH and JurongHealth to lure them into paying money

Email scams that lure Pilipino nurses into paying fees and conning them have been around for a while. For example, in November last year, the Consulate General of the Philippines in Toronto warned nurses that there was an e-mail circulating among registered nurses in the Philippines inviting them to attend "coaching interviews" by Toronto-based hospitals (Shouldice Hospital, etc.) for potential employment but the catch was that the invitees had to pay a substantial fee.

The Consulate General said in its statement that this was a scam.

A similar email-based scam has now been reported by The Straits Times today.

According to the newspaper, emails were sent to people in Philippines informing them that they had been chosen for nursing jobs or caregiver positions in Singapore General Hospital (SGH) and JurongHealth.

The scam-mongers asked the selected candidates to wire 3,800 pesos (S$117) to a bank account. This was supposed to be coaching fee for visa interviews.

Both SGH and JurongHealth have said that this is a scam and that they are not conducting recruitments in the Philippines this month.


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