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16 Malaysians tricked by fake job offers in Cambodia rescued

KUALA LUMPUR: Sixteen Malaysians who were allegedly duped into lucrative job offers as customer service agents in Cambodia have been rescued, authorities said in a statement on Saturday (April 9th).

The victims, aged between 19 and 43, were rescued by the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) with the help of Interpol, ASEAN Police, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cambodian Police.

All were rescued around noon on April 5, Bukit Aman Criminal Investigation Department Director Abd Jalil Hassan said.

The 15 men and one woman were all tricked through Facebook and had their travel expenses covered by a company in Cambodia, Abd Jalil added.

“As soon as the victims arrived in Cambodia, their travel documents were seized, their movements were checked and they were placed under tight security.”

Abd Jalil said the victims only realized they had been deceived after arriving in Cambodia where they were forced to work as con artists.

“All victims are safe and are currently in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, awaiting their return flight to Malaysia,” he added.

The public was reminded to beware of job offers offering lucrative salaries in foreign countries as they could be exploited by irresponsible parties.

“Police welcome the cooperation of those who have information about trade unions trying to deceive Malaysians and forcing victims to carry out illegal activities overseas.

“Those who have information are asked to come forward to inform us at the nearest police station,” Abd Jalil said.