A woman has been charged over promising jobs in New Zealand and taking people's money. Photo: iStock

A Filipino woman has been arrested in Tagaytay City in the Philippines for offering non-existent jobs in New Zealand in exchange for a fee.

According to the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG), the woman was identified as Danica Dela Cruz Nwanguma, 28. Nwanguma reportedly promised jobs in New Zealand to job seekers, only to dupe them into paying her a large fee, GMA News reported.

Nwanguma’s arrested came after a victim filed a complaint against her. The victim told police she initially paid Nwanguma 200,000 pesos for a job as a pharmacy assistant in New Zealand with a monthly salary of NZ$2,500.

However, she never heard from Nwanguma after paying her and never left for New Zealand. When the woman asked Nwanguma about when she was supposed to leave, she was asked to pay another 200,000 pesos as “show money.” The woman then filed a complaint and police arrested Nwanguma in Tagaytay City.

Another woman who fell for Nwanguma’s scam said she had to borrow money to pay for a processing fee and resigned from her current job as she thought she would be working abroad. Nwanguma faces charges of violating Republic Act 8042 or the Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipino Act of 1995.

Filipinos seeking work overseas are urged to check with the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration and to use legitimate recruitment agencies that have permits to employ workers abroad.

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