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Foreign Ministry warns of London Olympics job scams

2012/05/31 12:39:41

Taipei, May 31 (CNA) Taiwanese young people seeking employment in the United Kingdom during the Olympic Games period are urged to be aware of work scams, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Thursday.

Although there have so far been no reports of job fraud experienced by Taiwanese nationals on working holidays in Britain, the U.K. media has been warning job-seekers of potential scams, said James Lee, head of the ministry's Department of European Affairs.

"We cannot rule out the fact that Taiwanese could become victims, so we want to keep the public abreast of the news," Lee said during a routine press conference.

A number of Taiwanese have entered the U.K. under a working holiday program that took effect this January. Successful applicants aged 18-30 can live, study or work in the U.K. for a maximum duration of 24 months.

"We have received no reports of fraud from Taiwanese applicants," said an official from the British Trade and Cultural Office, the agency responsible for the U.K.'s Youth Mobility Scheme.

So far, Taiwan has working holiday agreements with seven countries around the world -- Canada, the U.K., Germany, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.

(By Nancy Liu)