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HYDERABAD: Reacting to news reports about 150 Indians being stuck at Myawaddy in Myanmar, the ministry of external affairs (MEA) has said IT-skilled youth are being duped in the name of lucrative data entry jobs through neighbouring Thailand with the help of social media advertisements, besides Dubai and India-based agents.
The Office of the Protector of Emigrants (Hyderabad) has said so far Dubai-based OKX Plus, Lazada, Super Energy group and Zhentian group have been identified as the companies offering these jobs.
“The trapped victims are allowed limited movement and restricted phone usage. They are forced to engage in digital scamming and crypto fraud activities,” the PoE says.
The PoE adds that fake social media accounts and IDs are also created in the name of Chinese girls, which are further used to befriend high networth individuals from the United States and European countries to dupe them in the name of cryptocurrency investment.
Cases of some Indians managing to secure their release after paying ransom to the tune of USD 3,500 to 7,000 have also come to our notice, the PoE says.
Regarding the reports in the media related to the Myanmar-based fake job racket, the PoE says there are an estimated 100-150 Indian nationals are stuck in the Myawaddy area of the country and neighbouring Thailand. “The MEA assessment is that most of the Indian nationals are from Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Since the first reporting of the case in July 2022, the MEA through its missions in Thailand and Myanmar, has been taking necessary action to rescue the Indian nationals and facilitating necessary consular access to the rescued/released individuals at immigration detention centres.”
“Through the efforts of our mission in Yangon, 32 Indian nationals have already been rescued from Myanmar. Both our embassies in Yangon and Bangkok have issued advisories and have been regularly taking up the matter with the local authorities,” the PoE adds.
It says that the duped Indian nationals travelled using the ‘Visa on Arrival’ facility to Bangkok and were quickly transferred to Myanmar, hence tracking their arrival and onward movement was not possible until the mission was contacted by the victims or their relatives. “It has been revealed by some of the rescued victims that such camps are located in Myanmar and mostly under protection of some armed groups,” the PoE says.
“In many instances, individuals had taken the offer and joined the camps despite being forewarned by Indian missions’ regular advisories. It has also been noted that some Indians are voluntarily involved in scamming jobs and reportedly receiving good remuneration/incentive to lure other Indian nationals,” the PoE says.

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