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    Scammers are targeting the family members of seafarers working on merchant navy ships. They contact the families through email, WhatsApp, and phone calls, pretending to be officials from various law enforcement agencies. The scammers claim that the seafarers have been involved in illegal activities and demand money for their release.

    The Director General of Shipping warns that these claims are usually false and are meant to deceive and exploit the family members. The scammers create panic among the families to extort money from them. It is important for family members to be cautious and verify the identity of the callers before responding or sending any money.

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    The DGS advises family members to report any suspicious communication to the Recruitment and Placement Services agency or the ship-owners representatives. They should not transfer money to unknown individuals without proper verification. The RPS agencies and ship-owners are instructed to alert law enforcement authorities to prevent further scams and ensure the safety of seafarers and their families.

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