NGO Warns About Possible Employment Fraud in Haiti

Shout-Africa News –  WASHINGTON, — Internet-driven offers of employment to foreigners seeking paid positions in Haiti may be untrue, and the Pan American Development Foundation has urged potential applicants to be cautious.

“Many talented professionals are eager to help our neighbors in Haiti,” says John Sanbrailo, PADF’s executive director. “Unfortunately, unscrupulous individuals want to take advantage of them in order to obtain personal information and/or money.”

In some cases, these scammers may copy the logos of legitimate organizations working in Haiti for use in the bogus employment offer. To continue the ruse, email accounts are created that look similar to a real organization.

“As Haiti continues with its reconstruction, there will be employment opportunities for qualified people,” Sanbrailo says. “We urge people to search for employment opportunities only on an NGO’s actual website or through a recognized employment agency.”

The Pan American Development Foundation is a non-profit, non-governmental organization established in 1962 to promote, facilitate and implement social and economic development in Latin America and the Caribbean.

In the past year, it had more than 5.6 million beneficiaries in 18 countries. PADF is also the natural disaster relief arm of the Organization of American States (OAS).

PADF is one of the largest non-governmental organizations in Haiti. With nearly three decades of work on the ground, PADF now manages a large portfolio of activities ranging from community-driven development to protecting human rights.

PADF is based in Washington, D.C., and has field offices in Haiti, Colombia, the Dominican Republic and elsewhere. During the past year, its programs benefited more than 5.6 million people in 18 countries.