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Maids and migrant workers lost over $25 million to scammers last year

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The rise in scams affecting migrant workers and foreign domestic helpers not only poses significant financial implications but also has severe emotional and psychological impacts on the victims and their families. Many of these workers leave their home countries to seek better opportunities abroad, making them more susceptible to exploitation and deception.

SINGAPORE: Over 3,500 migrant workers and foreign domestic workers have reportedly lost more than an eye-watering 25 million dollars, in 2022 alone. According to official figures, foreign workers accounted for approximately 10 per cent of all scam victims in Singapore last year, highlighting the need for targeted efforts to educate and protect this demographic.

The rise in scams affecting migrant workers and foreign domestic helpers not only poses significant financial implications but also has severe emotional and psychological impacts on the victims and their families. Many of these workers leave their home countries to seek better opportunities abroad, making them more susceptible to exploitation and deception.

The authorities have expressed deep concern over the vulnerability of foreign workers to scams and are taking proactive measures to address the issue.

To increase awareness and safeguard this group of residents, a comprehensive talk on scam prevention tactics was conducted over the weekend, focusing on protecting foreign workers from the clutches of scam syndicates.

More than 60 participants participated in the dialogue, including organizations working with migrant workers and foreign domestic helpers, migrant worker dormitory operators and agents working with migrant workers.

Minister of State Sun Xueling emphasized the importance of empowering foreign workers with knowledge and tools to defend themselves against scammers. She promised that the Government will cooperate with community partners and non-profit organizations to more effectively spread the message of how to protect foreign workers from becoming victims of scammers.

By partnering with various community organizations, the authorities are striving to create a robust network that can effectively disseminate information on potential scams and fraud schemes targeting vulnerable workers. /TISG

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