During a weekly press conference, Foreign Ministry (MEA) spokesman Arindam Bagchi said that IT companies are engaged in digital scams and counterfeit crypto activities. He said these scammers are recruiting Indian workers under the pretext of employment in Thailand.
“We are aware of fraudulent IT companies that appear to be engaged in digital scams and counterfeit crypto activities. They appear to be working with agents from Dubai, Bangkok and India. They are recruiting Indian workers under the pretense of employment in Thailand ,” said the MEA spokesperson.
He explained that Indian workers are lured by social media advertisements of highly lucrative jobs and then cross the border in Myawaddy.
“And that area that you know is difficult to access because of the local security situation. Yet, thanks to our mission in the country, we have been able to facilitate the rescue of some of these victims from captivity or forced labor and we are trying to help others,” he said.
Bagchi urged Indian nationals to exercise extreme caution before accepting such vacancies. “It can also be mentioned here that the visa-on-arrival scheme in Thailand does not allow employment. Our embassies in Thailand and Myanmar have advised on this. We have also taken up the matter with both Thailand and Myanmar,” he said. said.
When asked about the specific number of Indian detainees in Myanmar, the MEA spokesperson said: “It’s hard to say. 32 people have certainly been rescued and displaced. I don’t have an exact number. Maybe 80 to 90 people. ”
Earlier, the Indian embassy in Yangon in Myanmar issued an advisory. It had warned about the companies engaged in digital scams in remote eastern border areas of Myanmar.
“The mission has observed in the recent past that some IT companies engaged in digital scams/counterfeiting of crypto activities in remote eastern border areas of Myanmar are recruiting Indian workers from various places through their recruiting agents under the pretense of potential employment in IT. sector,” the consultancy said.
The advisory said the Indian workers were facilitated to illegally enter Myanmar without proper documentation, thus trapping Indian workers.
“Given the above, Indian nationals are hereby requested to exercise caution and verify the antecedents of the recruitment agents. It is advisable to obtain all the required information (job description, company details, location, employment contract, etc.) employment that has been offered,” it added. up.