23-year-old duped for 1.69 lakh on the pretext of job in US 

ST Correspondent
Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Pune: A 23-year-old job seeker was duped of Rs 1, 69,000 in an online job fraud. The unidentified suspects defrauded him on the pretext of providing a job in America.

An application was submitted by the complainant at Cyber Crime Cell after which a case was registered at Lashkar police station on Tuesday.

The complainant, Mohammad Hussaini, a resident of Camp, informed the police in his statement that the fraudsters trapped him on the pretext of providing a job and then took money from him to complete job formalities.

Pune: A 23-year-old job seeker was duped of Rs 1, 69,000 in an online job fraud. The unidentified suspects defrauded him on the pretext of providing a job in America.

An application was submitted by the complainant at Cyber Crime Cell after which a case was registered at Lashkar police station on Tuesday.

The complainant, Mohammad Hussaini, a resident of Camp, informed the police in his statement that the fraudsters trapped him on the pretext of providing a job and then took money from him to complete job formalities.

According to the Lashkar police, the complainant who has done graduation in nautical science was hunting for a job after finishing his studies this year. He has forwarded his resume to various companies in order to secure a job.

On September 11, he received an email from an oil and gas company based in the USA. The mail stated that the company is looking for skilled /unskilled employees and asked him to forward his resume to them. A few days later, he received a second email stating that his resume has shortlisted and with the company administration. 

In the second email, the company mentioned its name as PBF Energy Oil and Gas Company based in New Jersey and also asked him to send a scanned copy of his passport, photograph and the copy of interview form sent by the company.

After mailing the details to the company, the complainant received a call from Thomas Wajda, who identified himself as a representative of US embassy. Wajda who was calling from an Indian number asked the complainant to transfer Rs 40,000 on an account number sent to him on email in order to complete the job procedures.

After making the payment of Rs 40,000, the complainant received another email which asked him to transfer Rs 1,29,000 to complete visa procedures, health insurance and some other formalities.

The police informed that Wajda used to call the complainant on regular basis and used to influence him by saying great things about the job. He used to tell the complainant that it’s a very lucrative job and he has got a big opportunity to excel in his career.

A few days later, the complainant was against to make a transfer of Rs 2, 20,000, but this time he told Wajda that he doesn’t have more money to pay. After he informed Wajda about his inability to pay the money, he received an another email which has a logo of USA, but this time, the complainant became suspicious after he discovered that the logo was fake and registered a complaint to the cyber cell, which later got registered at Lashkar police station. 

The whole procedure of duping the complainant started from September 11 and continued until September 29.

The police have registered the case under section 419 (Punishment for cheating by personation), 420 (Cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property) and 66 A of IT Act. 

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