India, March 26 -- The crime branch has registered an FIR against job placement agents for running a racket which duped unemployed youths by promising them well-paid jobs in Thailand. The scamsters sent the job seekers to an isolated location in neighbouring Laos instead, where the victims would be forced to work on fraudulent jobs, tortured, harassed and threatened.

The police said the fraud was being run by Indian and Chinese nationals who took the victims from India to Bangkok and from there they were taken to Laos by a boat where they were made to work in fake call centres and asked to prepare fake social media accounts in order to cheat American and British nationals by luring them to invest in fraud Bitcoins schemes.

The crime bra...