Frauds targeting vulnerable Nepalese

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A screengrab of the Facebook post and responses.

If you are a Nepalese, more importantly if you are a Nepalese who emigrated to Australia with an intent to build a dignified future for you and your family, the above screenshot is bound to raise your eyebrows. If it does not then something is wrong with your moral integrity, say concerned members of the Nepalese diaspora.

The southasia.com.au has translated the Facebook advertisement for the benefit of its readers:
A friend from Sydney writes, “If you are leaving Australia permanently within a year or two from now, I have a plan which will not harm you at all but may result in huge profits for you, the plan can make NRS 1-2 million (approximately AUD 25 thousand), those interested can leave their name and number in comments.

It is surprising that such an audacious advertisement of deceit, wide open on social media, has not attracted the attention of the State Crime Command. The southasia.com.au understands the advertisement might have avoided detection because of the fact that it is in Nepalese language.

A detailed study of the advertisement which was posted on February 5 by a popular account titled Australiama Kaam, ‘Job in Australia’ in the vernacular, has drawn mixed reactions from its followers.

Anyone who spends a little time reading the posts and comments will find that the account has otherwise been put to good use for newly-arrived students from Nepal. But it seems that from time to time, Australiama Kaam becomes a platform for frauds looking for vulnerable members of the Nepalese community.

At present, the post has attracted as many as 40 likes and 39 comments. Most viewers seem drawn to the post with many actually submitting their names and numbers. A minority few expressed regret that the Facebook account published such advertisements but they were quickly silenced by supporters that are clearly in the majority.

Allen Cook was first to comment, “We Nepalese are great in theft and deceit.” The second commenter, Rajib Kharel, seems surprised by the very appearance of the post on social media and laments that such activities hurt the image of hardworking Nepalese people in general. Subash Ghimire, the third to comment, warns that he would report the post to police if it is not removed from Facebook. The next goes on to say that he would have taken the offer had he discovered it in ten years’ time.

Then comes the stern warning from the administrator of the account. He gives Subash two choices – either go mum on the subject or face being blocked. The warning works. Subash’s call for righteousness gets self-censored from here on; he does not return to the comment box. Further down in the comments, Kobid Timsina delivers his verdict on accountancy, “Accountancy is all about finding loopholes in tax policy to exploit it.” He then mocks Subash’s linguistic skills with an image pasted below his comment.

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Nepalese parents spend a lifetime worth of money to send their children to Australia for higher education. But it is not always stories of success one hears! Photo :The Himalayan Times

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prawesh Bhattarai calls the administrator ‘shameless’ and says this should not have been posted. It is regrettable that people want to obtain credit cards from all existing banks in Australia and then fly away, says Nss Grg. The most constructive comment comes from Krishna Khatiwada who asks if it is more advisable to think ‘long term’ and about ‘sustainable businesses.

On the whole, people supporting the advertisement are in the majority compared to those opposing it.

Nepalese Sulav says he supports the advertisement because we pay so much in tax, it is only ‘fair to take something back’. Manila Shakya Gurung on the other hand is full of applause for the administrator for ‘doing good’. Jyoti Shrestha Basnet takes ‘hats off’ to the smashing replies that the administrator has employed to hit back at dissenting voices.

Another commenter asks if a person with a bad credit history would be suitable for the advertisement.

The southasia.com.au could not contact the administrator; the commenters were contacted but none responded.

Dilli Dhakal, a noted social worker within the Nepalese community in Australia and a journalist, told southasia.com.au, “Any unethical practice that may harm the Nepalese society must be discouraged.” He said he was not aware of the context of the Facebook post in question but warned that in a country like Australia where rule of law is above everything and everyone, any fraudulent activity is likely to affect you even after your departure from the country. “Any activity of this nature may affect your children or grandchildren even,’ he pointed out.

Another Nepali associated with the Non Resident Nepali Association, a representative body of Nepalese living across the globe, said there needs to be a code of conduct among Nepalese living in Australia. The youth, who wished to remain anonymous, said, “Because we do not abide by any code of conduct, lawyers from our own community mentioned to me few times that even businesses push themselves in ways that is not necessarily legal or morally right.”

6 thoughts on “Frauds targeting vulnerable Nepalese

  1. I am Kobid Timsina.
    One of the info-prey you mentioned in your ‘news’.
    I was not contacted, my facebook profile has all the needed contact details. So you breeched your statement yourself ‘…. but none responded’.
    Dear fellas,
    I stand by my comment.
    Contact me and I will respond on your queries, don’t cook up and serve news with herbs and garnishing, plain news are perfect 😉

  2. This is news without investigation component, based on provided datas on public domain. Now it will make you more clear about ‘tax loophole exploitation’ lets carry on the debate, lets talk about ‘role of accountants to exploit such loopholes’. What do you guys think about real world scenario, Journalists pursuit truth ? Lawyers defend the non guilty? Doctors treat the most needy ? Accountant is paid to arrange maximum tax payment?

    We can, and we can defend exploitation of legal and policy loopholes for personal benefits unless it is against the law of the land.

    https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/15772754/tax-loopholes-helping-big-business/

    1. Do you think this article is edited at all ?
      1. The facts are not checked, they did not called all commenters but they mentioned it, and even went on to add nobody replied them back.
      2. Smiley and Stickers are different, smiley was used by me not sticker.

      So they do not have an editor at all, they run it like a contribution blog, RIP journalism 🙁

  3. Dear Kobid,

    We are not censoring your comments even by one single character. Neither did we edit any of the 32 comments related to our recent story about Nepali embassy even if some of them were clearly from people with biased opinions. That should tell our readers who we are and what we stand for and whether or not this is a blog site or a professional media organisation with multiple editorial staffs.

    If you are in the habit of investigation and research, visit our ‘About’ and ‘Contact’ pages and take steps you deem necessary and warranted.

    Thank you for taking time to comment. Let public be the judge for rest of the issues you have raised above.

    Regards,
    Editor, southasia.com.au

    1. Dear ‘Editor’
      It brings a great pleasure and sense of accomplishment from me to get a reply from highest of highs (Mr/Ms Editor himself I reckon) of your esteemed investigative journalism portal.

      But, ‘The southasia.com.au could not contact the administrator; the commenters were contacted but none responded.’ the line I quote from your ‘news’ is slanderous, erroneous and implicative. I, one commenter you quoted was not contacted to know my stand on the issue, I am not sure how you did contact me, my facebook page itself has all the necessary contact details in case you need it.

      I stand by what I wrote. Using loopholes in tax policy is evident in Australia and around the world. An Australian company that printed Rs. 10 plastic bills of Nepal was found guilty and some executives were removed from their position, that was illegal; the profit diminishing accountancy moves of Apple and Starbucks can’t be considered malum in se. Please be sure about the term ‘Illegal’ and ‘Policy loopholes’.

      Your News portal is so ‘above the line’ for me that I could stand to read just one news, the news that involved my lowly name. The other credible news such as involving the ‘Nepalese Embassy’ is out of my cognizance, sorry i haven’t gone through it. Definitely the criticizers of such a ‘professional media organisation with multiple editorial staffs’ like yours must be biased, I agree on this term.

      And thank you for not censoring my comment. I will consider this as the greatest favour one can have in a lifetime for his freedom of expression.

      As you say ‘If you are in the habit of investigation and research, visit our ‘About’ and ‘Contact’ pages and take steps you deem necessary and warranted.’ I really could not understand why to contact you, I see it ‘necessary (and) or warranted’ needs an edit, Dear Editor Sire.

      Best Regards
      Kobid 🙂

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