When lucrative overseas job offers turn into nightmare scams for these Malaysians

Some Malaysians took up seemingly irresistible job offers in countries like Cambodia and Thailand, but they soon realised that it was a scam as they were held captive. CNA speaks to the victims about their experiences and looks at what’s being done to combat the problem.

When Wong Sim Huat (not his real name) saw an advertisement on Facebook about a job in Cambodia that promised a salary of up to RM15,000 (US$3,300) per month, he did not think twice about signing up.

At that time, Wong had been jobless for over a year as the COVID-19 pandemic caused him to lose his previous job as a shopkeeper in Kluang, Johor.

“It was very hard to look for a proper job at the time and the advertisement said I didn’t need to take out a single cent to get to Cambodia,” the 32-year-old told CNA.

In full: https://www.channelnewsasia.com/asia/malaysia-overseas-job-scam-victims-cambodia-myanmar-laos-thailand-tortured-2940326

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