Want overseas jobs? Beware! Online fraudsters will steal your money
There are plenty of advertisements on social media and other online portals for overseas jobs opportunities and unfortunately, fraudsters take advantage of innocent job seekers who, not only lose a huge amount of money, but are sometimes abandoned in horrific conditions.
A very common attraction across the country for the youth in India is to get a lucrative overseas job. But this charm of getting employment in foreign lands, in US, Canada, Europe and more, can cost job-seekers dearly. There are plenty of advertisements on social media and other online portals for overseas jobs opportunities and unfortunately, fraudsters take advantage of innocent job seekers who, not only lose a huge amount of money, but are sometimes abandoned in horrific conditions. One such online job racket came to light recently.
How they did it
Their modus operandi was truly ingenious and they successfully posed as consultants who could get people overseas jobs. The one thing that made this possible was that they used foreign SIM cards to communicate with victims and thereby entrap them.
Giving details about the case, Joint Commissioner of Police, Crime, Ashutosh Dumbare told DNA that in August 2018, a retired senior citizen who was searching for an overseas job came across an advertisement on Facebook ‘International Jobs & Free Recruitment.’
The advertisement stated about high paying jobs in Canada, USA and UAE, police inspector Chimaji Aadav reportedly said, adding that the victim applied for the job online, and was contacted by ‘advertisers’ who then sought his biodata and other documents, reported DNA.
In order to assure the victim of a job in Canada, one of the fraudster reportedly sent photographs and visa documents of various other people, police inspector Chimaji Aadav reportedly said.
The fraudsters then asked the victim to deposit Rs 1.54 lakh in various bank accounts.
When the job seeker failed to keep their promise, and the victim realised he had been cheated , he sought his money, but the fraudsters reportedly threatened him.
However, unlike other people, the victim refused to stay silent and later filed a case of cheating, forgery and criminal conspiracy against the fraudsters.
Police quickly busted the job racket. Mumbai crime branch arrested 4 persons, including a woman, The arrested persons have been identified as Bengaluru residents Ajay Bhavanishankar Gupta (23), Cedric Domnic Robert (23), Vignesh Suresh KC, (22), and Sneha Narendra Panchariya (23), said a DNA report.
Here's what job seekers must not do
1. Never get entrapped by advertisements on social media
2. Don't give your personal details to unknown agencies
3. Never talk to unknown persons promising overseas job
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4. Never ever deposit money in unknown accounts in the name of facilitation charge.
5. Inform police immediately if you happen to come across such instances.