Agency forced to pay after Filipina maid tricked over loan
Domestic worker was scammed by a staff member at Luckyflex International, then intimidated when she refused to repay the loan taken out in her name
A Filipina domestic worker has finally succeeded in getting an employment agency to settle a loan of HK$30,000 (US$3,840) after she was scammed by one of the agency’s staff into taking the loan in her own name.
As reported by sunwebhk.com, Emelyn Coronado, 36 and a single mother, has succeeded in getting the owner of Luckyflex International Ltd. to pay back the loan (along with charges incurred) she took on behalf of Nema Tonoles, who was an employee of the agency.
In December 2016, Coronado received a letter from the financing company involved, Public Finance, demanding that she settle the unpaid loan. She had previously obtained a loan of HK$25,000 from Public Finance on behalf of Tonoles, who claimed she needed money but could not borrow from the financing company personally.
Coronado contacted Tolones but was ignored at first, before Tolones threatened to have her fired by her employer. Coronado realised that she had been scammed, but refused to repay the loan.
In September this year, Coronado’s employers started receiving calls from debt collectors badgering them about the unpaid loan. Coronado sought help from OFWs (Overseas Foreign Workers), a migrant worker community in Hong Kong, which referred the case to the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in early November.
POLO suspended its operations with Luckyflex International Ltd. until the agency’s owner, Sandie Ng, repaid Tolones’ loan of HK$30,000.