An Iraqi refugee "hired" 18 Malaysians to work for him by impersonating as a Saudi Arabian prince
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.
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
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.
In other news, a Malaysian was nearly conned into paying for something she did not order last month: