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Indonesian Workers Got Cheated by Money Changer in Jaya Jusco, Taman Universiti, Skudai, Johor

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Only recently did I know that many foreign workers use money changer to send money back to their home country.

Few weeks ago, the Indonesian workers working on my house got cheated by the money changer located inside Jaya Jusco, Taman Universiti, Skudai, Johor. The money changer is just next to the ATM machines.

Below is the story that was being told by them and their boss to me.

The four Indonesian workers use to send money (total RM4200.00) back to their home country using money changer in Kuala Lumpur, so far so good. As they have been working here in Johor for a month+, they plan to send money back to their family in Indonesia. Their boss brought them to the money changer in Jusco, thought that it should be safe like in KL. A day after they sent the money, their family in Indonesia still haven’t received. So they went to question the money changer. The money changer said that they admit that they have to wait till month end to gain interest (which I think illogic as normally interest is counted as minimum amount in a month, you can’t get interest from just a few days saving.). The money changer told the Indonesians tha he will pay them back the money on 1st June 2009. The money changer even gave them a handphone number of “said his boss” to talk to. Also trying to convince them that they all are of the same religion, so will not cheat.

On 1st June, the Indonesian workers went to Jusco to seek the money. Shockingly, the money changer counter is CLOSED at 12.30pm when they reached there.  They tried to call also nobody picking up the phone. When they called the money changer so called boss, he did pick up the phone and said that he already instructed and gave the money to the money changer there. Then hang up.

When inquired the staffs at Jusco, they said the counter has been closed since yesterday, and the money changer guy came yesterday briefly and then closed shop. The money changer did not inform Jusco management that they are closing down. There have been a few inquiries from some Vietnamese, possibily got cheated too (I guessed).

A police report has been made, but not sure how this thing can be solved or the money can even be gotten back. Today is already 07 June 2009 and the money changer counter is still closed (I went to check yesterday).

It is a pity that they Indonesian workers have work so hard for the money, but got cheated by those poor soul money changer.

The Indonesian workers have to send money to their hometown family, so they used a safe method this time, Western Union and CIMB Bank. Not much money this time, as most have already been cheated (the RM4200.00).

Hope the police can get the cheater, since it is a registered company and I believe Jusco management should have all the details/info.