A year ago, Impa wrote in The Star Blog saying how miserable his life was after being one of the victims of recruitment scam. He wrote, in his own words:
“This is a true experience from myself and a lots of those who involve. Currently, there is so many job agency that advertising recruitment through newspaper.I’m cheated for a job that cost me to pay for the agency RM145. It’s not a lot, but for me I can survive for at least one month with RM145. And now, I’m jobless and don’t have any idea what will I have to eat for the next day. I eat a ‘ kuih ‘ for morning breakfast and didn’t eat anything for lunch and a economic rice for dinner.”
For the past few years, I have met quite a number of job seekers who fell prey to recruitment agency scams before. One of the agencies has an office in Wisma Cosway, somewhere nearby the Bukit Bintang area, Kuala Lumpur. I am not sure if they are still operating today. When seeing these job seekers, what I normally do is advising them to lodge a police report if they want to make any attempt to recuperate their losses.
By the way, I don’t think that the scams have lost its momentum.
Berita Harian reported that the Manpower Department (Jabatan Tenaga Kerja) recently raided a hotel in Kuala Lumpur where a recruitment agency scam is believed to be operating since 2 years ago. The agency duped job seekers into paying an amount of between RM150 and RM170 as a pre-requisite for registering. With newspaper advertisement their main source of advertising avenue, the recruitment agency was also found not registered with the Ministry of Human Resources as well (a registered company needs a separate license to operate as a recruitment agency).
If you are one of the victims, come forward and lodge a report as the company would be charged under Private Recruitment Agency Act 1990, carrying a jail sentence of up to 3 years, or fine RM3000 or both.
If you have read my posting on dealing with recruitment agencies, then you will know that any so-called recruitment agency that offers job opportunities with you having to pay some fees needs to be avoided.
“Established recruitment agencies do not charge any fees for their service to the job seekers. If there are some agencies asking for fees for their service (the fee structure is in the form of either a one-off payment during registration, or some percentage of your first month salary if you’re recruited by their client), my advice is simple: stay away from them.”
Basically what they do is ask you for an upfront fees when you register as a job seeker, with the promise that you will get a job within a certain period of time. Many times, you will end up a disappointed, and poorer job seeker.
So careful guys. Beware of the cowboys. If you are not sure, ask. Or else you will get slaughtered. They are many other types of recruitment scams out there.
Think about it. How can one guarantees you to get a job with some company? I would rather pay RM170 to the Human Resource Executive of IBM (just an example) and let him keep the money if he pushes hard to lobby my resume to the hiring managers in the company rather than paying some job agency and have a ‘guarantee’ to get a job soon.
Also, I can even create a recruitment agency and operate a similar fashion. In fact, I can make it legitimate and provide all the documents and all, saying that you will get a job within 3 months after you have paid me an amount RM170. What I do next is have you wait for 3 months, and then offer you a one-day job with minimum salary, perhaps working as temporary office boy in my office. At a rate of RM5 per hour, employing you for 8 hours or 1 full day cost me RM40++. Roughly, I make RM130 (RM170-RM40) per day for 1 job seeker.
If I can take a mere 3 people to register per day, I will accumulate RM10,140 within 1 month (26 working days). Minus the office rent (RM2000), the bills and bla bla bla of say, RM1000, I can get away with over RM7000 per month. What a nice income.
On the other hand, my friend Lam of Asia Part Time has written quite a few regarding job scams. He even created a post that allows victims to ‘name and shame’ the scammers. Some of them are very much familiar and we often find them in our inbox. I suggest you go there and check it out:
List of Reported Scam Companies, by Asia Part Time.