How This "Saudi Prince" Conned 18 Malaysians Into Working For Free

He promised them salaries between RM7,000 and RM15,000.

Cover image via theSun

An Iraqi refugee "hired" 18 Malaysians to work for him by impersonating as a Saudi Arabian prince

Image via Sin Chew Daily

theSun reported yesterday, 26 July, that the man claimed to be Prince Sheikh Prof Dr. Al Mansour, who owns AMRIG International Groups (Malaysia).

The "Prince" also alleged that he owns 33 subsidiaries involving gold trade, oil and gas, as well as marine and shipping. 

The 18 victims never received their promised salaries, ranging between RM7,000 and RM15,000

One of the victims said she came across job vacancies at the company in April, and had applied for the positions of Personal Assistant and IT Manager.

"During the job interview, the man had asked me to address him as 'Royal Highness'," the woman was quoted as saying by theSun at a media conference at the Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA) Public Services and Complaints Department yesterday, 26 July. 

Screenshot of AMRIG's website.

Image via AMRIG

Sin Chew Daily reported that AMRIG owed the victim RM21,588 in total for salary and overtime.

"When I confronted him (the "Prince") about my salary, he promised to pay me after he received his financial support from his royal family. He said his family is very rich and he is stable financially. I trusted him then," she said.

After having not received her RM7,000 pay for nearly three months, the woman resigned from the company on 2 July.

According to another victim, the AMRIG owner looked trustworthy as he was seen engaging with foreign "investors" in exclusive settings

AMRIG's company logo.

Image via AMRIG/Facebook

Sin Chew Daily reported the victim as saying that although the "Prince" had never attended business meetings or events, he was often seen at parties with the "investors".

However, despite claiming to own expensive cars such as Rolls-Royce and having bodyguards, the "Prince" was only seen driving a Mercedes and a Honda. 

The "Prince", who was last seen on 2 July, has since disappeared

The 18 victims have lodged police reports against the AMRIG owner.

In light of these cases, MCA Public Services and Complaints Department head Datuk Seri Michael Chong warned Malaysians against falling for similar tactics. 

"The ultimate sign of a job scam is when jobseekers receive offers for positions they did not apply for. The high salaries offered can cloud the victim's judgement," Chong added.

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