15 Malaysians Rescued from Cambodia’s Cyber Scam Traffickers

Malaysian authorities have brought home 15 victims of a suspected cybercrime scheme, who had been lured into Cambodia by lucrative yet phony job offers, the country’s foreign ministry said.

The 15 Malaysians arrived in Kuala Lumpur last week from the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh. The rescues came amid a nationwide crackdown by the Cambodian police last week into cybercrime compounds suspected of trafficking people from all over Asia to work in illegal gambling and financial scam operations.

These people usually come to Cambodia from countries such as Vietnam, Thailand and Malaysia with the promise of high-paying jobs, often advertised on social media; however upon arrival will find themselves captives forced to scam people online in cryptocurrency-fueled transactions, sometimes at the threat of violence.

In full: https://www.occrp.org/en/daily/16810-15-malaysians-rescued-from-cambodia-s-cyber-scam-traffickers

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