Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Foreign job scam case review

Beware of Foreign Job Scam

Promise of job in foreign countries, especially alluring ones like Australia, may be very enticing, but beware, it could be a scam.

A report in The Star newspaper reported how a 26 year old man from Batu Gajah was cheated of his money for a promise of RM 9,000 monthly job in Australia.

The man, who only wanted to be known as Heng, said he was introduced to two women who promised him a job as a sheep wool collector in Australia last month.

“One of the them, known as Ann, told me that I only had to pay RM1,650 as deposit for the airfare and they would find me a job there,” he was quoted as saying in the report.

“As they were introduced to me by a friend, I trusted them and paid the money,” he told reporters after lodging a police report on Sunday.

Heng said that Ann later confirmed his flight on April 30.

However, she subsequently informed Heng that his flight had been postponed to another date and he was told to wait.

Heng, a renovation worker, said he was later contacted by Ann, saying that the deal was off and his money would be refunded.

“I tried calling her again to enquire when I could get back my money but the calls went unanswered,” he said.

Heng was among six people, accompanied by Batu Gajah MP Fong Po Kuan, who lodged a report.

Fong said she believed there could be more people who had fallen victim to the two women.

“I was told that 13 others had lodged similar reports earlier this month,” she said, adding that the two women had swindled about RM25,350 from the 19 victims.

“Most of them were promised jobs to work in factories, orchards and farms in Australia.”