This heartless incident came to JMS Rogers’ attention recently. A group of 5 foreign workers from South East Asia had gotten to know a local man here through their network of friends. The Singaporean man promised them new jobs at Hock Services Pte. Ltd and S Pass work permits in exchange for S$1,200 cash payment upfront each.
The man collected a total of S$6,000 from the innocent foreigners at a neighbourhood hawker center. He offered a blank receipt with no information about the company or himself whatsoever. In the next 2 months after the payment, there were no updates on any of the matters that he had promised them.
That was when the foreigners realized that they had been duped. They approached JMS Rogers feeling helpless and sought professional advice.
JMS Rogers started our investigation based on one of our SOPs. First, to confirm that the man is a cheat, JMS Rogers deployed a field agent, who disguised himself as a desperate foreigner looking for a job. The agent approached the man and a successful operation was carried out.
JMS Rogers then collected crucial evidence about him through hidden cameras and microphones. Our intel tapped our wide network to search for his living location, and our field enforcement officers visited his home. He has promised to return every cent to all the victims by the end of this month.
We want to remind the public once again: Do not be naive and do not rush into transactions/deals.
Here are 4 RED FLAGS to look out for:
1. *WHERE* is the discussion or transaction being held? When the cheating person/company has no office and meetings are at non-professional settings like coffee shops or hawker centers, it’s suspicious.
2. Can you find the person/company’s name, email, address and other *INFORMATION* on the Internet? If not, the lack of information is suspicious.
3. How *URGENT* is the transaction? If the person/company claims that the deal must happen soon or it’s off, it’s suspicious.
4. What kind of *DOCUMENTATION* is received after the transaction? If the receipts do not reflect proper information on the person/company, it’s suspicious.