Maids saddled with crippling debts after falling prey to phone scams by fellow maids

A go-between (right) with a maid after handing money over to her outside a telco shop at AMK Hub, with instructions on which mobile subscription plan to sign up for. ST PHOTO: SHINTARO TAY
A go-between (right) with a maid after handing money over to her outside a telco shop at AMK Hub, with instructions on which mobile subscription plan to sign up for. ST PHOTO: SHINTARO TAY

Victims face huge bills after being lured with cash to sign up for plans

Dozens of Filipino maids are being saddled with crippling debts after being lured into a mobile phone racket organised by unscrupulous moneylenders who use other maids to run the scam.

The fraud starts with a maid being shown a list of smartphones by a woman standing outside a telco shop. She hands the maid some cash and tells her what mobile subscription plan to sign up for - usually the most expensive one.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 27, 2019, with the headline 'Maids falling prey to phone scams by fellow maids'. Print Edition | Subscribe