Migrant workers scammed for non-existent jobs

The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) is investigating two local companies for their alleged involvement in scams resulting in thousands of dollars owed to seven foreign workers for overseas jobs that do not exist, reported The Straits Times.22520112_l

Global Catering and Management, a catering company, has been accused of taking some S$5,000 from three Bangladeshi nationals, as well as operating without a valid licence.

Meanwhile MOM-licensed employment agency Amacre Associates, which was renamed Amaicre in December 2015, has come under scrutiny for failing to uphold the code of conduct required of employment agency licence holders.

The scam involved the two accused companies giving out fliers to migrant workers promising jobs in Australia, New Zealand or Canada that pay upwards of S$3,000 a month.

The applicants were then required to pay more than more than S$5,000 for visa applications, placement fees and flights.

All seven affected foreign workers approached the Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics (Home) last year, which helped the victims make police reports.