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Fraudsters fake govt agency website

Its website is adorned with pictures of the Prime Minister and Agriculture Minister and claims to be a central govt agency,but is just a fake version.

Written by Agencies | New Delhi |
April 24, 2009 4:05:06 pm

Its website is adorned with pictures of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar and claims to be a central government agency under the agriculture ministry,but is just a fake version.

Claiming to be the Ministry of Agriculture’s research arm,an organisation by the name of ‘Central Agricultural Research Centre (CARC)’ in Haryana has gone to the extent of conducting an entrance test on March 1,after advertising various job openings late last year,and has also announced the results.

However,the fraudulent activity has now caught the eyes of the actual research arm of the Ministry of Agriculture,the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR),which has said that the website seems to have been created to “cheat innocent people” by making it appear as the official website of a government agency.

“The intent of the above site is evidently to create an erroneous impression of its being an official website of a government agency and thereby cheat innocent people,” the ICAR said.

Besides being identical in the URL address,the content on the CARC website has also been mostly copied from that of ICAR. It has given the picture of the Krishi Bhawan as its own headquarters. The ICAR is within the Krishi Bhawan itself in the national capital,and the CARC website has given Palwal in Faridabad district of Haryana as its address.

“ICAR is taking legal action in this matter. All concerned are informed that no one should deal with this organisation assuming it to be a part of ICAR or Ministry of Agriculture,GoI,” ICAR Secretary A K Upadhyay said.

The website,’carc.org.in’,was uploaded on the internet in October 2008,at the time when advertisements were issued for 272 job vacancies,which included 85 clerks,75 office incharges,56 accountants and 55 PROs.

The website,registered in the name of one Manish Singh,also has a list of selected candidates for the entrance test held on March 1.

Attempts to contact Singh at the phone number provided at the time of registering the website were greeted with the message that the number was “out of service”,while emails sent to the email ID provided on the website also remained unanswered.

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