Embassy Warns Kenyans Against Newly Advertised International High-Paying Jobs
The Kenyan Embassy in Bangkok issued a warning to job seekers on November 16 regarding fraudulent possibilities in Myanmar, and Southeast Asia.
The caution was issued after the Embassy saw that desperate Kenyans continued to travel to Myanmar despite prior alerts regarding the dangers linked with the jobs.
Authorities also urged Kenyans against engaging with shady recruiters who had advertised these positions.
“Many of the agents, wanted by the police are still advertising sales and customer care jobs purported to be in Thailand with impunity, well aware that there are no such jobs,” stated the Embassy.
Officials also warned that Kenyans who apply for the jobs listed above put their lives in danger because some foreign employers are hostile.
The occupations in the issue include cybercrime, and upon arrival, Kenyans are set targets that must be met.
According to reports, individuals who fail to provide suffer grave punishments, including flogging, incarceration, and days without food.
“Kenyans and many other Africans who work in the forced labor camps risk losing vital organs and their lives.” Already one young Kenyan has perished as a result of a botched procedure performed by quack doctors in Chinese-run factories in Myanmar,” the Embassy noted.
Even after outlining the risks, some Kenyans choose to remain in Myanmar and Lao People’s Democratic Republic, according to the Embassy.
On Sunday, November 6, two anonymous survivors appeared on Citizen TV to describe how they were sold to a cybercrime ring in Thailand that sought Ksh1.2 million to guarantee their release.
They subsequently traveled to a different country to begin their new employment. Upon arriving, they were instructed to search for traveling ladies online and build dating profiles for them.
According to the two women, they would then approach Americans under the guise of love and get them to contribute cryptocurrencies.
According to the Embassy, the majority of the victims were Kenyans from low-income families who were forced to make concessions, such as selling land, to cover their travel expenses.
Gov’t Warns Of Fake Jobs In Thailand After Kenyan Dies In An Organ Harvesting Operation
The Kenyan Embassy in Thailand has warned its people against applying for online-advertised bogus sales and customer service jobs in Thailand.
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kenyans have disregarded multiple warnings about false employment opportunities, culminating in one Kenyan’s death.
“The Embassy is deeply concerned that despite previous warnings in the media and online platforms, Kenyans continue to fall prey to online job scammers, who are unrelenting in their search for innocent Kenyans,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated.
A handful of agents wanted by the authorities continue to advertise alleged sales and customer service positions in Thailand. Those who have fallen victim to the trap of bogus work have been trafficked to Myanmar, where they are abused and used to conduct cybercrimes.
The reports that a Kenyan died following a botched operation in Myanmar.
“The Kenyans and many other Africans working in the forced labour camps run the great risk of losing their body organs and lives as well. Already one young Kenyan has died as a result of a botched operation by quack doctors operating in the Chinese-run factories in Myanmar,” it says.
Others freed have gone home with shattered limbs and crutches after being severely abused by up to twenty gang members operating in the industries.
While 76 casualties, including 10 Ugandans and one Burundian, have been repatriated, the ongoing civil war in Myanmar has impeded rescue efforts.
The embassy is concerned that certain Kenyans, enticed by the promise of high money, have chosen to remain in Myanmar and Lao PDR in order to continue committing cybercrimes.
It states that these Kenyan organisations pose a grave threat to Kenya’s national security.
A week ago, Citizen TV conducted an exposé featuring victims of fraudulent sales and customer service employment in Thailand.
The chance guaranteed a monthly income of up to Ksh.100,000 if they borrowed roughly Ksh.250,000 to pay their agents and completed a brief training program.
In Thailand, migrant workers are attacked, imprisoned, and their organs are harvested. Additionally, they engage in prostitution and cybercrimes.
Ways to Detect Fake Job Offer
When unemployed, the ability to recognize a fraudulent job offer is one of the most important talents to possess.
Due to the lockdown and market closure, many individuals, particularly students, have lost their jobs recently.
They may be frantically seeking a part-time or full-time position. As a student and immigrant, I can relate to their predicament.
However, many students are also victimized by fraudulent job postings. Consequently, it is of equal importance to maintain safety and preserve possessions.
How to spot phony and spam job postings?
It is OK to look for a job online. It is acceptable to contact individuals, however, being scammed destroys our finances.
Here are a few checklists to help you identify bogus and spam job offers in order to save your time and money.
Have you applied for the position? If you don’t recall applying and you received an offer without applying, the offer you have may be fraudulent.
Was this email initially sent to your inbox or to your spam folder? If the email was in the spam folder, there is a significant likelihood that it was sent to many users and flagged as spam by them.
Does the domain name of the sender’s email address (between [at] and [dot]) correspond to the company’s website if the email was sent to a company?
Was the email you got sent only to you? Is your email address in the “To” or “cc” or “bcc” portion of the received email? If the offer is not personally directed to you, it may be fraudulent.
They requested your home address, social security number, bank account number, date of birth, and any other pertinent information.
If they ask you early in the email exchange, this should be even more alarming. Do not provide any information without first verifying its accuracy.
Did they send you bank drafts requesting that you deposit and transfer a portion of the funds to them or a third party? Do not deposit any unauthorized checks into your account.
Avoid paying any third party.
Before completing your request, did they ask you to pay any service fees?
Did they require you to pay with offline coupons? You should not transfer money in the form of gift cards or vouchers.
Did they respond to your email queries appropriately? Identify trends in email.
Observe whether or not they have responded to your questions. Google their email content to see if a comparable email already exists online.
Even after you changed your working conditions, did they discuss alternative options? Check the communication you had with the sender against other sources. You may encounter contradictory replies.
If even one person is spared by my writing, I will consider my mission achieved.