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Maid scam syndicates thrive during Covid-19 crisis

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Maid scam syndicates thrive during Covid-19 crisis

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KUALA LUMPUR (Aug 18): Veteran actress and singer Azza Elite parted with RM10,000 to an agency after the maid showed no interest in carrying out the task of caring for her child.

“During the Movement Control Order (MCO), only one person was allowed to leave home besides those who were allowed to work at the office. I was looking for a maid to take care of my child, but to my shock the maid who reported for work was not what I expected,” she said.

Azza or Nor Azzarima Zawari, 44, is among the many victims who had been duped by maid scam syndicates, whose modus operandi was to sell maids amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.

Those who were hoodwinked by syndicates engaged in human trafficking and exploitation of domestic workers,  were devastated by their experience, especially after losing thousands of ringgit to these scammers.

Contrary to her expectations

“According to the terms, I requested for a domestic helper aged 40 and above who could take care of my child. But the agency gave me a 70-year old maid who was not interested in taking care of my child,”  said Azza, the former member of the all-girl group Elite when contacted by Bernama recently.

The maid only worked for three days and Azza then immediately acted by returning the Indonesian maid to the agency. Much to her disgust, the agency not only failed to send a replacement, her money was not refunded.

After her experience, Azza was…

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