RM180,000 lost in job scam

  • Nation
  • Friday, 18 Sep 2020

Seeking justice: Chong and the victims at the press conference on the Cambodian casino job scam.

KUALA LUMPUR: A group of 18 Malaysians were duped of RM180,025 by a man who had allegedly offered them “jobs” at a casino in Cambodia.

One of the Malaysians who was cheated of RM37,820, Lee Meng Loon, 24, said a man named Low Chern Keong had promised him a job as an operations assistant manager at the casino.

Lee, who was working at a casino in the Philippines at the time, said he quit his job and paid the money upfront as Low had claimed that it was for insurance, hostel accommodation and a flight ticket.

“He offered me a salary of around RM9,000 per month along with benefits, so it seemed like a good opportunity,” he said during a press conference held by MCA Public Services and Complaints Department head Datuk Seri Michael Chong here yesterday.

Ten of the 18 victims were also present at the press conference.

Lee said he realised something was amiss when Low, who had claimed to be the casino’s operations manager, kept deferring the trip to Cambodia.

Lee was told that much paperwork was needed and that there were issues with immigration clearance due to the movement control order (MCO).

“I checked with the other applicants and realised that they were also being given the same excuses.

“I then decided to email the company to find out more.

“The company replied that it had no such person working as its operations manager,” Lee said.

Woo Hock Peng, 43, who also left his job in the Philippines, said he was cheated of RM20,708 after Low promised him a job at the Cambodian casino.

“I knew Low as he was a former colleague. On Sept 8, he was still contactable on WeChat.

“I told him that he had cheated us, after which he cut off all contact,” he said.

Chew Sze Teng, 40, who was appointed by Low as the “recruiter”, claimed that she was also cheated of RM24,401.

She said Low had initially asked her to recruit a few people to work at the casino, adding that she could also recruit her family members and friends.

“However, he took over the details of the applicants and negotiated directly with them.

“He took their money without my knowledge,” she said, adding that she became a victim herself after realising that they had all been conned.

Chew’s husband was also duped with the promise of working there as a chef.

Chong said he contacted his acquaintances in Cambodia to check with the casino management on Low’s identity and position in the company.

“We can confirm that there is no such person working there,” he added.

Chong said while he understood that people were desperate for jobs, they should make thorough checks to make sure that they were not being scammed.

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