Malaysians are highly sought-after by crime syndicates because of their proficiency in various languages, said State MCA Youth chief Denis Lee Han Lim.
This was revealed by Malaysian victims who were recently rescued from a Myanmar job scam syndicate as they share their horrorifying experience there.
Denis said the 2 victims shared this after their safe return, while others spoke to him over the phone as they waited for immigration clearance by Thai authorities.
“We’ve handled over 20 cases of job scams since February and are working closely with the police to ensure the safe return of the remaining stranded Malaysians.
“The victims who sought our help are from all over the country. We managed to render them help with the assistance of the police,” Denis was quoted saying by The Star.
He said victims was lured by the false promise of high paying jobs, but ended up being forced to scam others for the syndicate.
“Malaysians are in high demand due to their proficiency in multiple languages and were tasked with scamming mostly Westerners,” he said, adding that the victims were forced to work under harsh conditions along the Myanmar-Thailand border,” Denis added.
He said the victims they helped were aged between 20 and 37, including couples who were duped into working together.
“We believe there are still a number of Malaysians stranded in Myanmar and we are working closely with the police to rescue them,” he said.
Denis also said these syndicated demanded ransoms of up to RM60,000 from family members of the victims for their safe return.
“Hopefully, the family members will lodge police reports without paying,” he said.
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