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PI Consulate General warns of 'Net scams

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by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - A nurse in the Philippines hired to work at a fake hospital on Guam has sparked Guam's Philippine Consulate General, Bayani Mercado, to issue a nationwide advisory-warning Philippine nationals against the dangers of Internet scams. Mercado says the warning appeared in newspapers across that country.

"Don't be fooled by scams," Mercado warned, adding, "and the Philippine Counsel General in Guam reported that there is only one hospital in Guam and it's Guam Memorial Hospital. And 'general Hospital' and 'western General Hospital' are non-existent and are just Internet scams."

And the scams aren't limited to online media. Mercado says fraudulent text messages are also popping up-trying to lure job seekers into paying fees for employment overseas.

Mercado says Philippine nationals bound for work on Guam should be aware they should never be asked to pay for recruitment fees. He also says workers should be wary of being hired for jobs they are not fully qualified for.

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