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Demystifying online scams in Southeast Asia: Electric shocks and beatings for failure to complete tasks



Beijing time on September 23, an investigation showed that some Indonesian workers were deceived by human traffickers’ fake recruitment to Cambodia to engage in fraudulent jobs on Facebook, and some were even willing to work for them. However, some victims also revealed that if they make mistakes or fail to reach the number of fraud completions, they will be subject to corporal punishment.

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

One of them, a victim of human trafficking under the pseudonym “Sky”, told the media that she entered the scam den through an introduction from her former boss. By using photos of young Asian women to create a fake Facebook profile, she was forced to chat with male netizens and let them They are interested in investing in some fake cryptocurrency.If the “client” quota is not met, do 50 extra push-ups for each less client.

“I’m so stupid to believe him, but I don’t have a choice. If I stay in (the dorm) and do nothing, it’s not just push-ups waiting for me.”

The scam company was located in a building called Sun Residences in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, and another victim named Asan entered the den with Sky. He said,In addition to push-ups, electric shocks and beatings are possible.

Like Sky, he had to convince netizens to invest in the fake cryptocurrency, and unwitting parties would link their personal wallets to the parent company’s. During a scam, he sent the wrong link, the scam was almost exposed, and he himself was severely beaten.

Assen showed the scar on his arm from punishment, but said: “I love the job, it’s just that this company hits us. “Assen added,If it wasn’t for the boss hitting him, he would stay in the company.

Cryptocurrency scams are on the rise on Facebook, with scammers often telling buyers that digital payment apps like Zelle and CashApp need to be updated to accept payments.

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