An organised group of criminals based in East Asia have defrauded job seekers in the UK and worldwide after getting a scam app on to both the Google and Apple app stores.

Working with victims who have tried to track down their scammers, Sky News has learnt they were operating from Cambodia, the Philippines and China, despite claiming to be a legitimate business based in the UK.

Using an app called New Century, which described itself as “an e-commerce order negotiation platform with millions of members”, the scammers try to lure people to pay into cryptocurrency and British bank accounts, promising payouts – but those payouts are never delivered.

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Users attempting to withdraw funds found them frozen ‘in progress’ indefinitely

Victims locked out of accounts

One victim from outside of the UK who spoke to Sky News explained how he had fallen…

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