OFWs warned of scams in Kuala Lumpur
By Jerry E. Esplanada

First Posted 06:10:00 01/05/2011

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippines embassy in Kuala Lumpur has warned against various financial scams targeting mainly female overseas Filipino workers.

In a report to the Department of Foreign Affairs, the embassy in the Malaysian capital said an undisclosed number of OFWs had fallen prey to the swindlers.

“The swindlers often target Filipino women with well-paying jobs in reputable companies” in Malaysia, said the mission.

The victims were “deceived into parting with their hard-earned money by people whom they apparently met through the Internet.”

According to the embassy, the swindlers, using “bogus documents and bogus names of Malaysian officials,” make their victims believe that:

There is a valuable package or bundles of foreign currency notes under the victim’s name which must be claimed immediately;

There is a lucrative job awaiting the victim; or

The victim needs to bail out a friend who is in big trouble and is detained by Malaysian authorities.

“The swindler tells the victim to remit money as a precondition for receipt of the goods or job contracts, or assistance in getting his or her friend out of jail,” said the embassy.