5,000 Indians Trapped in Cambodian Scam Web

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Over 5,000 Indian nationals are held against their will in Cambodia, coerced into perpetrating online scams against people in India. This alarming situation has not only raised concerns about the exploitation of vulnerable individuals but also highlighted the dark underbelly of cybercrime that spans across borders.

The scams, reportedly amassing a staggering Rs 500 crore over the last six months, involve victims being contacted by individuals posing as law enforcement officers. These impostors falsely claim that suspicious items were found in packages sent by the victims, demanding money to resolve the issue.

Harrowing experience

One rescued individual, Stephen, shared his harrowing experience with the media. “An agent in Mangaluru offered me a data entry job in Cambodia. There were three of us, including one Babu Rao from Andhra Pradesh. At the immigration, the agent said we were going on a tourist visa, which made me suspicious,” he recounted. These victims, dubbed “cyber slaves,” faced dire conditions, including being denied food and rest if they failed to meet their targets.

Indian govt’s efforts to resolve the crises

The Indian government, in collaboration with Cambodian authorities, has taken significant steps to address this crisis. Approximately 250 people have been rescued and repatriated to India, with ongoing efforts to secure the release of others still trapped in this nefarious scheme.

This incident is a stark reminder of the need for vigilance in the digital age. It also underscores the importance of international cooperation in combating cybercrime and protecting citizens from exploitative practices. As investigations continue and more victims are brought to safety, one hopes that this will mark the beginning of the end for such unscrupulous operations that prey on the unsuspecting and vulnerable.

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