New DelhiThe Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Saturday issued an advisory regarding a fake job racket targeting IT skilled youth. The MEA has cautioned Indian citizens about an international racket that only illegally deports unsuspecting candidates to Myanmar and keeps them captive for working in harsh conditions.
A case of over 100 workers being taken to Myanmar by suspected IT firms has come to the fore. In a statement, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said that the country’s missions in Thailand and Myanmar have reported “instances of fake job rackets offering lucrative jobs to lure Indian youth for the positions of ‘Digital Sales and Marketing Officers’ in Thailand”. Turnt up.’ These rackets are reported to be operated by IT firms suspected to be involved in call-center scams and crypto-currency fraud.
“The target group is IT skilled youth who are duped in the name of lucrative data entry jobs in Thailand by agents based in Dubai and India, along with social media advertisements,” the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement. Victims are reportedly taken illegally across the border mostly into Myanmar and taken captive to work in harsh conditions.
Indian embassies in Thailand and Myanmar have already issued advisories on the scam and the Indian side has taken up the matter with both the countries. Embassies in Myanmar and Thailand are in touch with 50 to 60 more Indians who have sought help.