Do not apply to recruitment agencies without a valid POEA license.
Do not deal with anyone who is not an authorized representative of a POEA-licensed agency.
All recruitment activity should be done at the licensed agency. All transactions done outside the registered address of the agency, except in the cases of job fairs or provincial fairs, is considered illegal recruitment.
Your placement fee, if any, should only be equivalent to your one month salary abroad (except Taiwan).
Pay the placement fee only when you have signed an employment contract. Always demand an official receipt.
Do not pay for the VISA as it should be shouldered by the employer.