Bangkok, the capital of Thailand. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

A Filipino man was arrested last week for scamming Filipino jobseekers by promising to secure them work permits in Thailand in exchange for money.

Ernest Rey Basilio Salarza was arrested last Tuesday at an apartment near the Victory Monument in Bangkok for scamming at least nine Filipinos who paid him to secure work permits in Thailand, The Filipino Times reported.

Salarza and two others, identified as Emily Fabe and Ronygene Atregenio, allegedly posted on Facebook that their company Best Care Provider could provide Thai work permits in exchange for fees of 33,000 to 38,000 Thai baht (US$1,034 to $1,190).

One of the victims filed a complaint against the three Filipinos when she realized she had been duped. She flew to Thailand to try her luck after learning her friends had jobs in Bangkok as nannies and teachers.

She said Salarza had promised to get her a work permit after she paid the three 38,000 baht, but the work permit never arrived.

Salarza is now detained at the Klong Tan police station in Bangkok and bail has been set at 100,000 baht. Fabe and Atregenio are still at large in Thailand.

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