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Facebook scammers recruited from the shadows after being trafficked say they were punished with pumps or accused of failing

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  • Indonesian workers have been recruited for jobs in Cambodia involving fraudulent Facebook ‘customers’, a new investigation reveals.

  • A trafficked person told VOD English that workers who don’t meet quotas have to do push-ups.

  • Another victim said he made a mistake that almost exposed the scam, and was tasered and beaten.

A new investigation into the smuggling of Indonesian nationals to Cambodia sheds light on some of the working conditions of those caught up in the dark world of Facebook scams.

Indonesian nationals told local publication VOD English that they had been recruited for jobs in Cambodia involving Facebook scams and were physically punished if they made mistakes or failed to meet job quotas.” clients”.

The Indonesian embassy said at least 417 Indonesian nationals have been trafficked into Cambodia for work since the start of last year, and authorities are focusing on rescuing them, according to the report.

One of the trafficking victims told VOD English that she was referred to a recruiter on Facebook through her former boss.

The worker, using the pseudonym “Sky”, told the publication that the work involved creating fake Facebook profiles using photos of young Asian women to talk to men on the website to get them interested in investing in a fake. cryptocurrency.

The Better Business Bureau recently said Facebook scams are on the rise, with scammers on Facebook Marketplace telling sellers they need to update their digital payment apps like Zelle and CashApp in order to accept payments. An Insider reporter shared her experience of nearly getting scammed on Marketplace when a “buyer” asked her to update her Zelle account.

Sky told VOD English that workers who don’t meet their “customer” quota have to do 50 push-ups for every customer they miss.

“I was so stupid to believe it, because I have no choice,” she told VOD English. “If I stay inside [my dorm] and I do nothing, I will get more than push-ups.”

Sky and other workers recruited with her said they stayed in a building called Sun Residences in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh, where the work was located.

Another worker, going by Aseng, said he was recruited by Sky and told VOD English he was tasered and beaten when he made a mistake while talking to a customer. Like Sky, he said he needed to get people to invest in a fake cryptocurrency, so that the unsuspecting person would link their wallet to the parent company’s wallet. Instead, Aseng sent the wrong link, almost exposing the scam, he told the publication.

Aseng showed the English VOD reporter scars on his arm from the punishment and told them, “I like this job, but this company hit us.”

Eventually, Sky and several other workers who were recruited with her were allowed to leave the company and return to Indonesia, VOD English reported. Aseng told the publication that he would have stayed with the company had his supervisors not beaten him.

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