Iris (not her real name), 34, had come across an advertisement on Facebook for a part-time marketing gig. She thought she could make some extra money for her big day, which was scheduled for the end of 2021. The hours were flexible and she could do the assignments online.
She messaged them on 16 September last year and they replied immediately, saying she was hired as an affiliate marketing associate, purportedly for e-commerce platform Qoo10.
The Singaporean, who is working in an administrative role in an engineering company, was then instructed to use her own money to pay in advance for products on the platform, to boost the sales figures of merchants.
The “employer”, who Iris only exchanged WhatsApp messages with, said she would be reimbursed with a small commission.