Pune: Think twice before depositing any amount in the account of a placement agency which is offering overseas jobs as there are chances you may be scammed.
In a recent case, around 20 people including a placement agent, were duped by a gang of fraudsters on the pretext of providing them jobs in Canada, Latavia and South Korea. A case in this regard was registered at Kondhwa police station on Monday.
According to the FIR, the complainant Jonakumari Dokka (36), who runs a placement agency, was contacted by a person who identified himself as Sanjay Kumar in April 2017. Kumar said he runs a job consultancy firm in Patel Nagar, Delhi and he is looking for candidates for overseas jobs in Canada, Latavia and South Korea. The fraudster convinced the complainant to recruit the candidates on on commission basis.
Sudam Pachorkar, Police Inspector (Crime) of Kondhwa police station, said, “After luring the complainant into the trap the tricksters made her contact 20 candidates and asked them to meet them in Bangkok for the induction programme. The fraudsters made the candidates deposit nearly Rs 40 lakh in their account in advance for hotel arrangement, visa processing fees and other job formalities. However, when the candidates reached Bangkok they didn’t find anyone at the destined location.”
“The name used by the fraudster was fictitious. Prima facie it seems at least two people were involved in the fraud which is why we have registered a case against two unknown persons. We are checking the call details and trying to find their location,” added Pachorkar.
The police have booked the tricksters under sections 419 (Punishment for cheating by personation), 420 (Cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property) of the IPC and under section 66 of IT Act.