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International Health Insurance News: Expatriates living in Malaysia 'should only hire maids from trusted agencies'

Expatriates living in Malaysia are being warned that some cleaning agency staff may be scamming their employers with sob stories.

The Malay Mail reported that a syndicate providing Filipino maids is targeting expatriates, who are generally seen as wealthy, gaining their employers’ trust before taking money and disappearing.

An unnamed source told the paper that the so-called mole maid will at first appear good at household and nanny duties in order to gain trust.

"When they know the employer trusts them, these maids will start making up sob stories to gain sympathy," the newspaper was told.

French expatriate David Marichez said he had hired a maid for RM4,000 (£834) a month, but before long his employee was asking him for extra money so she could pay off her debts and send money home to her family. The expat gave her some money but began mistrusting her when her stories changed every day. Eventually the maid quit and Mr Marichez did not get his money returned.

The Malaysian Association of Foreign Maid Agencies (Papa) advised expatriates only to hire maids from trusted agencies, of which Papa oversees 189 throughout Malaysia.

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