Hyderabad: IT boom sees rise in job scams

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With high demand for IT jobs in the city and the Middle East, Hyderabad has become the hub for job frauds and online employment scams. While well-educated scamsters are duping unemployed graduates of lakhs of rupees by promising jobs in top IT companies, con men in the old city are taking Muslims youths for a ride by assuring them jobs in the Middle East. From just one case of defrauding job-seekers in 2012, the number of job scams rose to 21 in 2013. This year, seven cases have been registered already.

On January 15, Central Crime Station officers arrested the CEO of a job consultancy in Ameerpet. The accused, V Chandrasekhar, collected close to Rs 30 lakh from 19 persons promising them jobs in Bahrain. He convinced them to pay “consultation and processing fee” after arranging fake telephonic interviews with his friend living in London. “They are all innocent youths desperate to get a job. Once they paid the money, Chandrasekhar started avoiding them and stopped answering their calls,’’ inspector P Raju said. Of the 19 victims, 10 are Muslim youths from poor families who apparently borrowed money or mortgaged family jewellery.

Cyber Crime and CCS officials say tfraudsters are not only using employment websites but are also openly posting job offers on websites like OLX and Quikr, besides shopping websites. Also under police scanner are several Hyderabad-based websites offering fake degree and employment experience certificates. According to the Hyderabad Police, cyber crimes showed an almost 350% increase from 47 cases in 2012, to 162 cases in 2013.

Recently, police arrested a man who was offering jobs in the Hyderabad office of a top IT multi-national company. He posted the offer on a classifieds website. Posing as an HR executive of IBM, he duped a woman of Rs 80,000 by creating a fake email ID that led the victim to believe the appointment letter was sent by the company. Based on a complaint, the Cyberabad Police arrested P Rajendran, who was in the process of duping other people at that time. Officials say that almost all major IT companies in Hyderabad find their names being used by con men, the latest being Dell, Genpact and Infosys.

“Supporting these fraudsters are several ancillary agencies which provide them with fake visas, forged letterheads of various companies, fake certificates and even fake air-tickets,’’ said a CCS official. Last month, the Commissioner’s Task Force raided a visa consultancy in Secunderabad and arrested its owner, G Krishna, who was preparing fake F1 visas.

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