70-year-old cleaner struggles to pay debt worth $400K for 15 years...But it was just a scam

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70-year-old Tan Soy Kiang from Singapore, had been paying off a debt over $400,000 he was told he owed from the "Singaporean Government."

Mr. Tan Soy Kiang, a 70-year-old cleaner struggled to pay for his debt. He was told by the "Singaporean government" that he owed them over $400,000.

The old man struggled to have 2 jobs for 15 years in order to pay for his debt. He also borrowed money from his neighbors and his elder sister.


He recalled that 15 years ago, he was approached by 2 women who claimed to be a part of the government. He was told that he owed money from the Singaporean government. Being gullible, he was convinced that he had to pay his false debt because it would result to imprisonment if he wouldn't pay. Because of his limited source of funds, the deal was negotiated for a monthly payment.


Being too after of the consequences, the poor old man who cannot even stand up straight due to a spinal injury, was forced to work as a street cleaner in the morning with a monthly salary of $1,000 and doubles as a pump attendant from 4pm to 10:30pm earning another $1,000 monthly.


Every month, one of the two women would wait near the petrol station and on his payday and wait to collect his money.


It was just recently when his niece discovered that his uncle struggled to pay for a fake debt. The deception only came to light when his niece "Pamela Lim" returned to Singapore from Australia. Ms. Lim was shocked because of his uncle's condition.


After telling his niece about the details of his debt, Ms. Lim realized that her uncle was a victim of a malicious fraud. She approached and confronted them and they allegedly confessed in a video which was seen by the police.

"I got them to confess on video what they did and even had them agree they would pay my uncle back. We were nice enough to agree that they return $500 a month. After that we went to make a police report. Unfortunately, my uncle was deemed a willing party then," she recalled.

Now, one of the women has been arrested for cheating and the other is assisting police with their investigation, the police said.

After Mr Tan's story came out in the media, several people have dropped by at the petrol station where he works to offer help and encouragement. A crowdfunding effort was started by Mr Dan Chen, who works at an international school, has raised $46,000 for him. Mr Chen said that the money will go towards buying Mr Tan vouchers and items, and also giving him cash.

H/T: Singaporean Seen Stomp

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