Beware fake job scam

Police are warning against online job postings that require use of bank accounts.

Beware fake job scam
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Beware fake job scam

published : 10 Jan 2022 at 14:34

writer: R May

ORIGINAL SOURCE/WRITER: Wassayos Ngamkham

The Bangkok Job Fair attracted many people at Fortune Town shopping centre in Bangkok in March last year. Such events are legitimate employment marketplaces and far safer than accepting jobs offered anonymously online. (Photo: Apichart Jinakul)

Police are warning against online job postings that require use of bank accounts.

Job seekers have been tricked into taking seemingly well-paid jobs online that actually involve transferring criminals' illegal earnings through the applicants’ own bank accounts, an activity for which applicants could be held liable, a police spokesman warned on Monday.

Pol Col Siriwat Deepo said many people had unknowingly become victims of criminals who posted such job vacancies on social media.

For example, job seekers were invited to apply online for a highly paid job in accountancy. The posting indicated successful candidates could work online from home but must have a bank account. 

Once an applicant had been accepted for the position, money would be transferred into his or her bank account; they were then instructed to forward the funds to other accounts. An applicant’s income would be calculated on the amount of money transferred through their account.

As owner of the bank account, an applicant could be held liable if the money was found to have been acquired illegally -- via fraud, gambling, trade in drugs or other illicit activities.

Among charges applicants could be open to are being an accomplice under Section 83 of the Criminal Code or assisting in the committing of a crime under Section 86, as well as to violation of the Money-Laundering Act of 1999. Penalties for the offences range from 1-10 years in prison and/or fine of 20,000-200,000 baht.

Pol Col Siriwat urged anyone seeing posts online inviting people to apply for jobs of this type to call the Royal Thai Police emergency numbers, 191 or 1599.

Vocabulary

  • accomplice: a person who helps someone else to commit a crime or to do something morally wrong - ผู้สมรู้ร่วมคิด
  • accountancy: the work or profession of an accountant, the process or work of keeping financial accounts - การบัญชี
  • applicant: someone who applies for something, such as a job or a loan of money - ผู้สมัคร,ผู้แจ้งความจำนง,ผู้ขอ
  • calculate: to discover a number or amount using  mathematics - คำนวน
  • candidate: one of the people being considered for a job - ตัวแทนที่ส่งเข้ารับตำแหน่ง
  • commit: to do something wrong or illegal - ทำความผิด
  • job seeker (noun): a person looking for a job; a person trying to find work - ผู้หางาน
  • liable (adj): legally responsible for (often for causing damage or injury) - มีความรับผิดชอบตามกฎหมาย
  • position: a job - ตำแหน่ง
  • scam: a dishonest plan, especially for getting money - กลโกง, แผนร้าย
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