Track apps

Cops to seek international agency’s help in locating six victims of job scam in Cambodia

Mohd Azman speaks during the press conference. With him are (from right) Deputy Police Commissioner Datuk Mancha Ata, CCID Sarawak Chief Superintendent Maria Rasid and Deputy DSP Jimbun Dian.

KUCHING (April 26): The Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) will seek Interpol’s assistance under the Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Act 2002, to locate six Sarawak men who fell into the trap of a job scam in cambodia.

Sarawak Police Commissioner Dato Mohd Azman Ahmad Sapri said the state’s Commercial Crimes Investigation Department (CCID) opened two investigative documents under Section 420 of the Penal Code.

“We received six police reports between April 20 and 22, 2022 filed by family members of the victims, who were allegedly tricked into working in Cambodia,” he told a press conference yesterday. .

He was informed that the victims, aged between 19 and 39, are from Kuching and Serian.

“Preliminary investigations indicate that the six victims were offered job opportunities in Cambodia by a (suspected) agent.

“They then went to Cambodia but once there they were forced to do fraudulent work in a call center,” said Mohd Azman.

He reiterated the PDRM’s call advising people not to be fooled by lucrative job offers advertised and promoted on the internet, especially on social media.

“Many unions usually advertise these jobs in newspapers and through Facebook, WhatsApp and WeChat apps, offering lucrative salaries and various facilities to entice people to contact them.

“That’s why the police have repeatedly stressed to the public before doing anything to these so-called ‘agents’, you must carefully check the validity of job offers, which can be done through the portal PDRM (www.rmp.ov.my), or by calling our secretariat.

“Check to see if these job postings really exist or if the agents are legit,” he said.

When asked if the modus operandi of the latest Cambodian employment scam was the same with the 2019 case involving 40 Sarawakians, Mohd Azman replied “more or less the same”.

“The union would come here to recruit locals, offer them jobs abroad and promise them attractive salaries.

“However, once they are brought to the neighboring country, only then do they realize that they have been cheated; instead of doing decent work, they are forced to do illegal work like running the fraudulent call center in Macau,” he said.

On a related topic, Mohd Azman said that in the first three months of this year, a total of 666 cases of fraud were reported in Sarawak compared to 640 cases recorded during the same period last year.

That, he said, represents a year-over-year increase in cases of 27.45%.

“Among the cases registered between January and March 2022 were those related to investment fraud, with 23 cases and losses amounting to RM2.6 million; impersonation or disguise fraud with 85 cases involving RM1.8 million; Scam in Macau with 48 cases involving RM1.7 million; employment scams with 58 cases involving RM786,000; and loan fraud with 63 cases involving RM419,000,” he explained.

The public can call CCID Scam Response Center at 03-26101559/03-26101599, or CCID Information Line 013-211 1222 (SMS/WhatsApp) for crime advice or information.

The public can also check any agent’s bank account number through http://ccid.rmp.gov.my/semakmule/.

More information can be obtained on the Facebook page of the CCID.