The FBI Warns of Cryptocurrency-Related Human Trafficking Scams
Fake Jobs for Crypto Scams
The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) recently issued a warning for US citizens to beware of fake job advertisements related to the Southeast Asian region crypto industry, which are often used to lure unsuspecting victims into becoming part of a human trafficking scam. The ads often present themselves as flexible jobs with good salaries and the opportunity to work abroad, but the reality is far different from what is advertised.
Upon arrival, the victims’ passports are taken away, and they are held against their will, often working excessively long hours. Under pressure, they are forced to commit scams, often using crypto scams as part of the operation. Though the primary target of these scams is individuals of Asian origin, the FBI warns that anyone can fall prey to crypto-related human trafficking scams.
The ads are primarily posted on social media and job boards, offering various positions such as IT services, call centers, and even technical support jobs at beauty salons. The scam’s severity becomes apparent during the interview when the job site is abruptly changed, and the passports are confiscated. This sets the stage for migrant workers to be intimidated, exploited, and exhausted. Extra charges are often deducted from their paychecks, leading to a buildup of debt that can only be paid off through long working hours, further adding to the scammer’s power and control over the victims.
How to Protect Yourself
If you’re looking for a job, there are several safety measures you can take to avoid falling prey to this form of human trafficking. First and foremost, you must thoroughly research the company you’re applying to and avoid overly lucrative job salaries and benefits that seem too good to be true. If you’re considering migrating, be sure to inform your family and friends and provide them with the company’s contact details.
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Additionally, many countries have protocols in place to protect migrant workers. If you become a victim of labor fraud, do your best to contact the nearest embassy of your nationality.
Recent Example of Crypto Scams in the Philippines
The FBI’s recent warning comes after reports of a massive crypto scamming circle in the Philippines were exposed. Over 1,000 victims were reportedly forced to work up to 18 hours a day, isolated from society with confiscated passports, and forced to scam unsuspecting people by forming fake romantic relationships. The victims were primarily older individuals who were defrauded of their life savings and had no idea they were part of a scam operation.
The incident serves as a stark reminder that crypto-related human trafficking scams are a real and present danger, and it is vital to take precautions when seeking employment abroad.
The FBI’s warning about crypto-related human trafficking scams emphasizes the necessity of being cautious when seeking employment opportunities abroad. When seeking new job prospects, it’s essential to do your research, be skeptical of overly lucrative opportunities that seem too good to be true, and take precautions to protect yourself against labor fraud. The awareness and avoidance of human trafficking scams and labor exploitation remains a significant issue and requires continued efforts to bring an end to these crimes.