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Police in Singapore are investigating after a Filipino domestic worker and her employers reported receiving threatening messages from someone who claimed to be a loan shark.

The maid nicknamed Gen began receiving threatening text messages and calls from someone named Sunny around Christmas, The Straits Times reported.

Sunny, who claimed to be an underground lender, demanded payments of S$300 (US$227) from Gen every day. He also threatened to set her employers’ house on fire if the demanded sum was not settled.

As Gen couldn’t stand the harassment, she eventually transferred the money to a specified bank account, hoping to end the threats. However, Sunny kept threatening her, Shin Min Daily reported.

She ignored the threatening messages until Sunny started harassing her boss, a man named Paul, on January 8.

Paul told his wife Angelina about the incident. The couple called the police, who are now investigating the case. Angelina believes Gen was a victim of a scam.

Yeo Guat Kwang, chairman of Singapore’s Center for Domestic Employees, said the organization would follow up the case to see if there is a scam targeting domestic workers.

Police advised the public not to respond to any threatening messages or calls from unlicensed moneylenders.

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