The job seekers were promised up to 40,000 baht per month salaries.
On February 25th, 2021, police in Maha Sarakham arrested Ms. Kanokporn, 37 years old, for recruiting workers for jobs abroad without permission from the CEntral Employment Registrar and defrauding them of money. There are multiple victims in the case.
The suspect posted on Facebook for recruiting live-in caregivers for elderly in Argentina. The salary proposed was 30,000 to 40,000 baht per month, but the job seeker would have to pay an administrative fee. When the victims paid the fee, the job offer would disappear — and so would the fee.
Ms. Kanokporn denies defrauding the job seekers. She claims to have connections in Argentina who contacted her via Facebook to find workers. She claims that the administrative fee had already been sent to Argentina.
One unique thing about this case that might not be immediately apparent to all readers is that Thai passport holders do not need a visa when going to Argentina. They can enter the country for up to 90 days visa free. This may have been part of the pitch to potential job seekers who were defrauded.
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My take: Job scams like this hit the Thai news about once a week. I found this one somewhat novel because Argentina is a visa free country for Thai nationals.
This would make the process of convincing potential job seekers to cough up the fees a bit easier as the travel and visa concerns are not there as opposed to job opportunities in countries like South Korea or other western nations.
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