SINGAPORE: A foreign domestic helper took to social media warning other maids not to allow anyone to photograph their Work Permits.
In her post to a support group for domestic helpers and employers alike, the maid said that there were people going house to house pretending to do a survey and promising to “give $10 for the completed survey. They take photo of yr work permit. This is dangerous they can use the work permit photo to do anything in your name!”
She added that in a real survey, they would never ask for a photo of ID or give cash. The compensation would usually be in the form of a voucher, she said.
“Be careful and stay safe ladies!! Share this with you friends. Don’t let anyone take photo of yr green work permit!” the helper wrote.
In an edit to her post, she wrote: “It’s come to my attention is wasn’t house to house but at Paya Lebar. And MAYBE it was legit but it doesn’t hurt to be careful because we just need work permit photo to borrow frm loanshark. Anyways just be careful and not let anyone photograph your work permit document unless you know for a fact it is for legal purposes”.
Here’s what other helpers who commented on the post said:
Earlier this year, another foreign domestic helper fell prey to a cash-on-delivery scam and took to social media to share her situation with others.
In an anonymous post to a Facebook support group for domestic helpers and employers alike, the maid wrote that she received a parcel at her employer’s residence. “i paid it in my own money without asking or call my employer because my employer not around .its complete detail name,addres,even cp number stated there ,so i really thought its employer package”, she added.