‘I got scammed’: Migrant workers lost S$24.9 million to scammers last year

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“The best we can do is try to recover what some of them have lost. We’re trying to raise some funds for this worker so he doesn’t feel like all his savings have been lost to a scam,” she said.

MIGRANT WORKERS AFRAID TO SPEAK

Migrant workers are also typically afraid to speak out as they fear losing their jobs or having their work permits revoked – all despite being scammed, Ms Dipa said.

“I think creating a setting where they can express themselves and share their experiences – maybe even a migrant worker support group – without any outside intervention…would be helpful, I think,” he said. she stated.

“Among themselves, they can share cases and examples of how they have been scammed, so that they realize that it is happening to all of them more and more. And then everyone becomes a little more vigilant.

She also suggests setting up a platform for workers to check if something is genuine, like a hotline.

Mr Joshua said he believed the initiatives were working and more could have been lost without them.

“There is no way to prevent this 100%, but what we can do is educate workers as much as possible to refrain from such activities,” he said.

“The scammers will always seek out the workers who haven’t been enlightened or find more creative ways to reach the victims. So it’s always a game of cat and mouse, and I think the hunt will always be on and we should just keep doing what we are doing,” he added.

Police are also urging migrant workers to use its ScamShield app, in addition to working with MOM to help produce notices in the native languages ​​of their colleagues.

“Fighting scams is a community effort, and we want all readers to spread the word – ignore calls asking for personal information and passwords and download the ScamShield app to protect yourself from scams,” said Mr. Sheikh Ismail.

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