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After Associated Press reported about the “McRefugee” story in Hong Kong, a Singaporean woman was identified by her family members. Her son flew to Hong Kong and reunited with her.
Mary Seow had lost contact with her family for almost five years. Seow told AP that she was swindled by some people from China whom she met at a church in Singapore. They then persuaded her to sell her house and join them to invest the money in their transport business in mainland China. Later it turned out to be a scam.
Seow stayed in China and tried to earn back some money, including by working as a street sweeper. She eventually ended up in Hong Kong, where she has spent the past three months living on the streets.
Seow felt mortified about having lost the family home. "I feel happy and I feel a bit of guilty conscience," she told AP.