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Indian Govt issues warning against online job offers by dubious foreign IT firms

On Saturday, The ministry of external affairs has issued an advisory regarding "fake job rackets" targeting IT skilled youth. "Indian nationals are advised not to get entrapped in such fake job offers," the advisory warns.

By Priyanka Verma 
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NEW DELHI: On Saturday, The ministry of external affairs has issued an advisory regarding “fake job rackets” targeting IT skilled youth. According to the MEA, several young people are being, “reportedly taken across the border illegally mostly into Myanmar and held captive to work under harsh conditions. “Indian nationals are advised not to get entrapped in such fake job offers,” the advisory warns.

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The MEA said there has been a surge in fake job rackets offering lucrative jobs to entice Indian youth for the post of “Digital Sales and Marketing Executives” in Thailand by dubious IT firms. The ministry, in the advisory, has stated that it noticed that dubious IT firms involved in call-centre scam and crypto-currency fraud are running fake job rackets by offering lucrative jobs to entice Indian youths for the posts of digital sales and marketing executives in Thailand. These instances have been brought to the ministry’s notice recently by its missions in Bangkok and Myanmar.

“The target groups are IT-skilled youth who are duped in the name of lucrative data entry jobs in Thailand through social media advertisements as well as by Dubai and India-based agents,” the external affairs ministry said.

“Indian nationals are advised not to get entrapped in such fake job offers being floated through social media platforms or other sources. Before travelling on tourist/visit visa for employment purposes, Indian nationals are advised to check/verify credentials of foreign employers through concerned Missions abroad, and antecedents of recruiting agents as well as any company before taking up any job offer,” it further stated.

On Friday, The foreign ministry had said that it has identified four companies involved in the job entrapment racket in Myanmar and is working on rescuing the Indians – about 100 to 150 men – who are still stranded there. So far the authorities have managed to rescue 32. The Govt noted that the victims were reportedly taken across the border illegally mostly into Myanmar and held captive.

However, people from Hyderabad and Delhi who have managed to return told TOI that at least 500 Indians are believed to be trapped there. Every day, at least 10-20 Indians are brought to Myawaddy and Mae Sot.

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