With the arrest of two individuals, the Mumbai Police Crime Branch claims to have busted a national level job racket. According to the police, the duo were part of a group of seven who duped people from Tamil Nadu under the pretext of facilitating jobs at shipping companies abroad. After dropping people off at the international airport in Mumbai with fake offer letters of shipping companies and visa, the accused would flee, police said.
The two accused have been identified as Kartikayan Rama-swami (25) and Kalidas Natrajan (30). An investigator said there were many instances where people had been arrested for trying to travel abroad on fake visas. During one such investigation, the police learnt about the modus operandi and laid a trap at Sahar Road, near the airport, on Thursday and arrested the two accused.
Senior Police Inspector Ajay Joshi of the Crime Branch Unit 8 said: “We received information that two of the gang members were about to arrive near the airport to hand over fake offer letters and visas to victims. Accordingly, we laid a trap and got hold of them.” The police said the group has duped more than 10 people from Tamil Nadu. One of the victims had paid them Rs 11 lakh for a job in a shipping company in London, while four others were about to pay them 7.5 lakh.
Explaining the modus oper-andi, Joshi said, “One of the gang members was given the responsibility of advertising on social media, while three others were involved in forging documents. Other members would deal with targets personally. They would research the recruitment process of shipping companies and duped people from India.”
The police have also recovered the letter heads of various shipping companies along with a letter head of the Ministry of Shipping, Government of India.
The police said the accused would take the passports of the victims and hand them back on the day of departure, after the victims paid the amount. The fraudsters returned the documents only on the last day so that victims would not have time to verify anything independently.