By NELSON BENJAMIN, as reported in The Star Online
JOHOR BARU: D. Saraladevi was looking forward to a job in Singapore that promised a salary of up to S$1,400 (RM3, 220) a month. Turned out it was a job scam. Worse, the woman who made the offer has disappeared with Saraladevi’s money.
Saraladevi, 31, was among some 200 people who were allegedly duped by the woman, who claimed she could get them jobs as highly paid factory operators and cleaners in the republic.
The so-called employment agent allegedly told them they would be paid a basic salary of S$950 (RM2,185) as cleaners and S$1,400 as factory operators.
She had also allegedly charged them between S$10 (RM23) and S$150 (RM345) per person, purportedly as processing fee to secure the jobs.
Some, taken in by her promises, had even quit their current jobs.
As agreed, they had waited at the Woodlands checkpoint on Wednesday for the woman to meet them and to make the arrangements regarding their work place.
Saraladevi, from Kulai, came with her husband, brother-in-law and uncle and waited from 5am. The woman did not turn up.
“We believed her as she was very convincing. She even gave us the factory bus numbers and divided us into groups for shift-work,” said Saraladevi, adding that the woman had two accomplices.
“We decided to lodge police reports after we found out that she had duped us of our money and refused to answer our calls,”she said.
Saraladevi said many of them decided to seek jobs in Singapore as they had not been able to secure work in Johor.
“I have been looking for a job for the last 1Â½ years,” she sobbed.
Johor Baru (South) OCPD Asst Comm Shafie Ismail confirmed the matter, saying the police had received many such reports in the past.
“We hope workers will verify the authenticity of the agency recruiting them with the Labour Department before paying any fees,” he said.
The Star had earlier reported that many unskilled or semi-skilled workers had become victims of unscrupulous recruitment agents who come to them with promises of good pay. Those with problems can contact the Labour Department’s hotline in all state labour offices or at Putrajaya (03-8888 9111).
Moral of the story: Beware guys of the job and recruitment scams. There are out there and looks like they will be around for some time.