TWO Indonesian men were tricked into getting their faces tattooed by a bogus official offering government jobs, News.com.au reports.

Village chief Sawiyono — who was helping the men find jobs in Jakarta — claims he received a text message from a government official offering them work as intelligence officers, but insisted they were inked first with a dragon tattoo, Antara state news agency said.

Sawiyono realized he had been tricked after checking with the subdistrict chief of the Bojonegoro district of East Java who said there was no such requirement.

The unidentified men, however, had already been tattooed, according to the report.

"I am fully responsible for the mistake and I will do my best to help the men remove their tattoos,'' Sawiyono said.

The men sought treatment at a local hospital.

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