As Delhi and NCR has turned into a major educational hub, the region has also become the den of fraudsters duping job seekers of their hard-earned money on the pretext of getting them placed in multinational companies.
Investigations in this connection by Delhi Police and UPSTF reveal that at least 50 such call centers and job portals are running in the region. Similar frauds are being committed by some Nigerian nationals through phishing emails.
On March 25, UPSTF arrested two persons for allegedly running a fake call centre by taking data of job seekers from famous job portals, which unearthed the network of scamsters.
This case is just the tip of an iceberg and the police estimate that over 50 such fake call centers are operating in Delhi, Noida and Gurgaon.
Victims of such fraud are spread across India who are initially asked to make a payment of Rs 10,000 to Rs 25,000 for job in IT giants and MNCs.
Recently, an FIR was registered by the Delhi police against unidentified fraudsters after a complaint by Tata that several job seekers were duped on the pretext of getting them placed in it.
The youths were duped to the tune of Rs 8,000 to Rs 10,000 in the name of application and processing fee, police said.
While this case is being investigated by Economic Offence Wing of the Delhi Police, the wing formed to probe financial crimes had earlier unearthed a similar fraud in which gullible job seekers across the country were duped in the name of Maruti Suzuki India.
“Many of these gangs download resumes from job websites and then target people in faraway cities so that once duped they refrain from travelling to Delhi and registering complaints. We have also seen a case where people were duped in the name of getting them jobs in Delhi Metro Rail Corporation,” said a senior official in EOW.
Explaining the modus-operandi, UPSTF’s Additional Superintendent of Police Triveni Singh said, “Conmen first buy data of job seekers from famous job portals for Rs 25,000-Rs 40,000. Then they make a fake placement website which sounds similar to existing famous portals. They make calls to job seekers that their resume has been selected for a job in leading IT, banking and international companies and then demand money.”
Data of most of the job portals are compromised as they are not following stringent process to keep their data secured, a senior police officer said.