Job offers

46 M’sians in fake lucrative job offers rescued in Cambodia

BANGKOK: The Malaysian Embassy in Phnom Penh has so far rescued 46 Malaysians in Cambodia who were allegedly duped by fake lucrative job offers abroad.

Malaysian Ambassador to Cambodia Eldeen Husaini Mohd Hashim said there were more than 60 cases (of Malaysians allegedly victims of employment scams) pending further action.

“We are working closely with the Cambodian authorities to facilitate their return to the country.”

In 2018, the embassy helped 47 Malaysians in a similar situation. Fortunately, no cases were reported in 2020 and 2021 following border closures during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The most recent case involved four Malaysians who were allegedly duped by unions offering well-paying jobs in Cambodia. Aged 29 to 41, they arrived at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Saturday.

The union’s method was to offer the victims well-paying jobs abroad through social networking sites such as Facebook. However, when they arrived in the kingdom, they were forced to make phone calls to scam other people.

Those who fell prey to the scam realized they had been tricked but were not allowed to return to Malaysia and their families were forced to pay a ransom for their release.

Eldeen urged Malaysians to watch out for recruitment ads promising lucrative overseas salaries.

“Check with the competent authorities, including the embassy, ​​to validate job offers. Inform your relatives and relatives in Malaysia if you receive such an offer. They might be able to give you a valuable second opinion on whether the job posting is a scam,” he said.

Eldeen also thanked the Cambodian government for working closely with them.

He said initial investigation revealed many Malaysians were still stranded in the kingdom after being duped by employment unions.

“We are working closely with the relevant authorities to help them return home. However, the process of dealing with cases differs and takes time,” he said.

For example, he said it would take time for the relevant authorities to verify the identity of the victims as most of them had entered the kingdom illegally and without travel documents.

“For people who break the law (immigration offences), they will be prosecuted and may have to serve jail time here before they can return home,” he said. — Bernama