[#432] Date: 4th August, 2022
There's currently a big issue not only in my country, Malaysia, but a Southeast Asia problem that also affects the world. Men are being trafficked to Cambodia by syndicates to be scammers, calling up unsuspecting people, usually women as victims of love scams and scamming them of their money.
You'd think that these men should go look for a proper job to do to earn legit money but they too are victims themselves of these syndicates operated by Mainland Chinese groups out of Cambodia. Young men (usually) are offered high-paying jobs, have all their travel and accommodation taken care of, and flown out to Cambodian scam camps and trained to scam women by baiting them via legit dating websites or mobile apps. Men in my city are victims also, that's why I have an interest in the development of this news. One of them was rescued recently from the crutches of the syndicate and brought home. He stepped forward yesterday to alert other people not to fall into the traps.
There are multiple red flags already: the pay offered totally doesn't correspond with their education level, for one. Secondly, even if the job applicant doesn't have a passport, they are still able to get him over, crossing borders through smuggling. NO legit job would have to smuggle someone over to another country. Definitely, a legit job will pay an employee according to his education, experience and skill level.
In fact, for legit jobs, employers always try to pay LOWER than what a person is worth, not HIGHER. When it's too good to be true, it damn well is!
Meanwhile, the scam victims are usually women looking for love. They are emotionally vulnerable but what they do not know is that they are being baited by not a man but a group of them. It's a syndicate behind the modus operandi, remember and these guys speak the words that the women want to hear. They show care, love, and concern. However, the catch is that they will only invest their time and "emotions" in women who earn at least US$2,000 a month, or else it wouldn't be worth their effort.
To try to find out how much money their potential victim is, they try to find out if they own their house, if they have a car and of course, what work they do. The thing is these love scams are not merely a scam of their money because no one in their right mind would just part with their money like that. Actually, it's a "relationship" that leads to investment, in order to "build a future together". And if the woman is not willing to fork out the money to invest, the man would entice her by investing a small sum FOR HER. If not, he would make her feel guilty for doubting his "love" for her. Don't you trust me? Don't you want to build our future together? After dropping these doubts, he'd go radio silence for a while, making her feel like she was in the wrong. All these mind games just to tire her out and give in. Once she transfers an investment deposit, there will be slight returns and fast too, making her believe that this investment scheme is legit. This would then make her deposit a larger sum. and then POOF... her number is blocked and the "man" no longer contacts her.
It's sad, actually, because there really is no recourse for the victims. You'd think that these women are so dumb, can't smell a rat even if it was right in front of their nose. Well, let me tell you that these women are in fact, highly educated, which is the reason they can easily dump a few hundred thousand dollars into investment schemes recommended by their so-called partners whom they never even met in real life before. Oh well, when emotions come into play, some will use their heart to think, rather than their brains.
*Lead photo by Tima Miroshnichenko.