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New fraud targets Israeli employees

new fraud targets Israeli employees

The Department of Employment has warned the public about a new scam that preys on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by convincing individuals to download a fraudulent money transfer app on their phones in order to steal the financial information of foreign workers.

The head of the Chiang Rai Provincial Employment Office, Sompong Kaewwandee, issued a warning on Thursday to avoid clicking on any dubious links.

He said that nearby villages had alerted the office to the risk. He claimed that con artists have been sending suspicious links to the family members of Thai workers in Israel via SMS and Line.

They instruct their victims to download the Monox app and click the link to view the financial statements of Thai employees there, and they are acting as bank account service providers from Israel. He claimed that Google Play is the only place to download the genuine Monox software. The con artists assert that the URL they supplied is necessary to view the data.

He advised anyone who had downloaded the fraudulent program to turn off their phone’s internet or erase their SIM card. The financial data should then be erased by doing a factory reset.

In addition, he advised citizens to report any suspicious activity to their local police or online at “thaipoliceonline.com”. Anyone with additional information is encouraged to call the Royal Thai Police’s “1441” hotline.

Boonyavee Kwaipan, acting director-general of the Employment Department, stated that the agency is getting ready to provide 15,000 Baht in compensation to Thai nationals who have returned from Israel and are part of the Aid Fund for Overseas Workers.

Thai returnees must get compensation from provincial employment offices within three days.

The agency has sent a letter to Israel’s Population and Immigration Authority requesting that they permit Thai workers to return to their jobs once the situation has improved.

For Thai returnees who desire to continue working abroad, it has also created a list of alternate locations, such as Taiwan, Portugal, Greece, or South Korea.

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