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Two workers lured to Western Australia looking for easy and well-paid mining jobs have been scammed, robbed, abused, and left homeless.
According to The West Australian Matthew Fischer and Tamika Hocking drove to WA from NSW looking for a job in the mining industry.
"I wanted to come to WA because I had heard about all the jobs and the chance of getting something on the mines," Fisher said.
"We wanted to get somewhere in life by earning some decent money on the mines but when we got here we found it is not that easy."
According to The West Australian the couple spent all their savings on the bond for an apartment in Perth they found on the internet but once they arrived they discovered the apartment did not exist.
With nowhere to go they began camping in parks whilst looking for work, and last week had their mobile phone stolen and tent vandalised while they were asleep.
A window on their car was smashed a few days later.
They told The West Australian they were exhausted from harassment from passing motorists and had half a loaf of bred to last until Fisher received his first pay packet later this week.
The promise of mining jobs is increasingly being used by scammers to cheat enthusiastic workers out of their money.
Earlier this year Queensland mines minister Stirling Hinchliffe said job seekers should do their research before spending money and warned workers of "unscrupulous operators".