Dubai: WhatsApp visa racket - Nine Indians stranded in UAE without job and food


Daijiworld Media Network - Dubai (MS) 

Dubai, Jul 21: The online fraudsters are now using WhatsApp as a channel to recruit gullible people to gulf countries. In one such fraud, nine Indian men fell victim to a racketeer in Kerala and are now stuck in UAE without a job or food, Khaleej Times reported.  

These men, who are in the age group of 20 to 30 years, say that they were lured by a person called Shafeeq on WhatsApp, who promised them jobs in UAE and asked them to pay Rs 70,000 each. All of them are in Ajman and Al Ain areas of UAE and are having tough time as they do not have money even to buy food. 

One of the victims, Fazil, a resident of Malappuram district in Kerala, said, "A message was going viral on WhatsApp in Kerala that a person is offering jobs for youth in UAE within 15 days. I thought, like many, that this must be genuine as many people were posting positive messages about the post," 

"When I called up the person on the number that was provided in the WhatsApp message, the guy said that he would get me a job in one of the supermarkets in Al Ain with a monthly salary of AED 1,200 with free food and accommodation. As I was passing through a financial crisis, I thought this as a good offer. I bought loan by pledging my mother's gold ornaments," explained worried Fazil, who is a qualified technician. 

Mohammed Rafeeq (30), one of the nine stranded men, a resident of Kozhikode, said that he had accumulated the required Rs 70,000 from friends and family to realize his dream of working in the gulf. He says, "The agent made a separate WhatsApp group for these nine men and promised that they all would be working for the same company. This made us happy." Mohammed is married and has a child. 

The men came to know that they have been taken for a ride as soon as they landed in Abu Dhabi airport on July 15. Shameer, a local agent, who met the nine, divided them into two groups of four and five men and took four to Ajman and five to Al Ain. On questioning about the jobs, he said that the owner of the said supermarket is in prison and the firm is closed and he will find new jobs for the nine men. 

The Indian embassy in Abu Dhabi came to know about the ordeal of the youths and is giving them an allowance and making arrangements to get them back to India. Mohammed Rafeeq regrets his decision now and says that he should have made a thorough inquiry about the agent before accepting the offer. 

Indian embassy, time and again has warned that Indians should not to bypass any rules and should follow the procedures properly while coming to the Gulf for employment. The embassy has even conducted an awareness campaign on social media. However, it seems the citizens are not paying attention and are falling victim to the dragnet of bogus employers and agents. 

This is not the first case reported this year. In the month of June, five men were brought by some bogus agent to UAE on visit visas and left abandoned. In the preceding week, five men from Kerala were brought to UAE on visit visas with the promise of jobs in packaging company, which turned out to be fake. 

The plight of women, who come to the UAE as domestic help is the most miserable as most of them end up as prostitutes. Other men folk face tough times with no job or menial jobs with meager salaries and filthy living conditions. 

Ambassador Navdeep Singh Suri says that they have repeatedly told ECR passport holders not to come to UAE on visit visa seeking a job. Smita Pant, deputy chief of mission at the embassy says that they are pushing to deter the fraud agents from duping gullible people by registering cases against them. As many as 40 cases have been already registered and the police in India are pursuing these unscrupulous agents. 

Pant also says that the victims should bring such cases to the notice of the embassy so that the culprits are brought to book. 

Indians in distress can always approach the embassy on hotline 80046342.

 

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  • Evans C. Sumitra, Udupi/ New York, USA.

    Sun, Jul 21 2019

    I feel sorry for these nine Indians stranded in UAE. This is the same story where many are stuck up in various Gulf countries due to several reasons. My question is why these people travelled without proper documents and now Indian government have to make arrangements for the return. My advice is that these Gulf aspirants should go to the right agents and certified by the Government of India and not WhatsApp.

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  • AM, Mangalore

    Sun, Jul 21 2019

    when you are travelling a foreign country please be careful. Just don't believe anyone, now you lot of options to verify the facts of any offers and companies, travel agents. Keep in mind once you land in a foreign country without proper documents then you have to go through lot of procedures to prove you are duped and your intention of entry to that country

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  • Flavian, Mangaluru/Kuwait

    Sun, Jul 21 2019

    How these guys were allowed by Airlines counter or by the immigration authorities to travel ithout any legal documents like Visit visa ?
    Jack of all trades are found only in the State of Kerala.

    DisAgree [4] Agree [22] Reply Report Abuse

  • ca girishkk, m'lore/dxb

    Sun, Jul 21 2019

    Digital effect..., every where FEKUISM is triumping..., sooner than later Hindustan become FEKUSTAN....,

    Here we go...,

    DisAgree [14] Agree [22] Reply Report Abuse

  • Anamika, Bajpe

    Sun, Jul 21 2019

    Under our Honorable PM sriman Modiji,
    everybody will get jobs in India, but these guys dont have patience.

    DisAgree [52] Agree [8] Reply Report Abuse

  • Samad, Mangalore

    Sun, Jul 21 2019

    Which Jobs?

    DisAgree [3] Agree [25] Reply Report Abuse

  • Gurudath, M'lore/Mumbai

    Sun, Jul 21 2019

    People get tempted by the smooth talking operators. They don't consult people or listen to anyone till they get in trouble. No use blaming Modi. Whether you like it or not he will be there.

    DisAgree [17] Agree [10] Reply Report Abuse

  • Roshan Rodrigues, Mangalore

    Sun, Jul 21 2019

    So some people using Modi Brain in Whats up
    completing of first 5 years term Modiji gave Pakkoda Business to our youth
    May be next Job opportunity Beif Chilli or Beif Sukka with Parota allover India
    This is called Modi Brain
    Everybody get Jobs Under Modi government ? then first close Bajpe International airport.

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  • francis lobo, Mangalore

    Sun, Jul 21 2019

    Please understand when NRC is applied throughout India we will have half the population as everyone who is not in NRC will be exported in the next 5 years. They everyone will have their dream job!

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  • PAM Suvarna, karla

    Sun, Jul 21 2019

    Mr Roshan,
    Those who are only having limited ability as to sale Pakoda how they can work for mission to moon?
    So there is no strange or gimmicks.
    Each one is having separate capacity,accordingly each one get job.

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  • Chowkidar Chor Hai!, Mangalore

    Sun, Jul 21 2019

    Anamika, Bajpe — yes indeed Under our dis honourable PM srimoron feku Modi the great choron ka chowkidar maharaj, everyone will get jobs to sell pakora, faafda and do lafda!

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  • DHANALAXMI VAN, BAJPE

    Sun, Jul 21 2019

    Dear Anamika

    Since last three weeks in bajpe no thrash van comes and takes rubbish ! Can you inform this to Mr. Modiji!

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