Criminal gangs lure Macau residents to work in Southeast Asian casinos, promising a monthly salary of US$5,000 (MOP 40,400).

Justice Police (PJ) spokeswoman Lei Hong Nay said officers had received reports of two local men and three women who had been approached with questionable overseas job offers.

According to Ray, the five victims — two casino workers, one clerk, two unemployed, all in their 20s — were persuaded by friends and colleagues to consider working abroad.

PJ officials received a report from a woman on August 4th that her brother had been introduced by a friend to work at a casino in Laos on July 11th, but managed to leave Laos on August 7th and I am now living safely in another Southeast Asian country. .

PJ officers received another report on Wednesday from a local man and were introduced to work in the Southeast Asian country by a colleague last year, Ray said, but ultimately decided not to go there. added that the victim recently changed her mind after seeing related news and suspected that the job was a scam, so she reported the incident to the police.

Most recently, a woman told police she believed her friend, who had left Macau to go to Cambodia yesterday, was tricked into receiving a job offer.

PJ officials contacted two sisters who were planning to leave Macau with the woman to work in the public relations of a Cambodian casino, and persuaded all three to abandon the idea.

According to PJ Criminal Investigator Ng Kin Lok, criminal gangs lure residents with promises of high salaries in casinos in Southeast Asian countries such as Laos and Cambodia via websites, social media or relatives and friends. It has been known.

Ng said those who fall into the trap are encouraged or forced to commit phone fraud or even unjustly imprisoned. Gang tactics may even include human trafficking, Ng said.

The judicial police urged the public to beware of overseas recruitment scams, adding that residents should not blindly trust job listings on the Internet or unsubstantiated claims by strangers.

Ray said police are investigating whether the same gang was responsible for the job scam targeting five local residents. Similar cases are being investigated by police in Hong Kong and Taiwan, the Macau Post Daily reported.

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