Many fall prey to maid scam

Many fall prey to maid scam

KUALA LUMPUR - There is an agency here which charges up to RM11,500 (S$4,500) to supply a domestic worker to desperate households.

That's a lot of money to pay for a maid who is illegal and an agency which is not even licensed!

And there's more to boot - the maid is usually not up to mark in performance and disappears after a while.

So far, six cheated employers have lodged police reports against the agency concerned.

Property agent Yee Wai Han, 48, said he paid the hefty sum to the agency last October to hire an Indonesian maid.

"Within the first few days, I caught the maid talking to someone on the telephone about running away. So, I called the agency to have her replaced with another maid," she said, adding that this was not done.

Another victim, accountant Hee Kien Wei, 42, also paid RM11,000 to the agency for a maid.

"Several weeks after getting my maid, I asked for a replacement because I was not happy with her work.

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