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Employment scams
Monday, 19 November 2018 23:06

Employment scam:

Currently some scams like 2G scam and common wealth scam are making big news. People like Anna Hazare and his team are trying to fight this corruption. Let us now look at employment scams and how to avoid getting cheated.


Typical job scams:

Work from Home Scams:

Making good money and working from home sounds very attractive. Many people like housewives, retired people, students etc… fall for this offer. The scamsters advertise in classified portals and news papers. The intention is just to grab registration fees from victims. If someone pesters after paying Registration fees, some fake job is given which will not be accepted and paid for. Once trapped, the registration fee is gone for ever. The scam is operated by criminals generally without any fixed office so that they can not be traced. They run elaborate websites to fool people. Incidentally many people who are trapped turn into agents to trap more people.


Work at Home scams Exposed:

Cyber Crime Cell of Crime Branch, C.I.D., and Mumbai Police recently (2004) arrested a person by name Sripathi Guruprasanna Raj, aged 52 yrs who is the Chairman and Managing Director of Sohonet India Private Ltd., a company based in Chennai.The company  duped some candidates of Rs. 4,000/- and some of Rs. 6,000/-  promising them with monthly income of Rs. 15,000/-.The company CMD, Mr. Raj promised the people so registered that they would be provided with the data conversion job which would enable them to earn Rs. 15,000/- per month. Some people, who were provided with the job work, did work day and night on their computers to complete it within the stipulated time. However they were not paid any money by Sohonet. Over 18,000 people have reportedly been cheated across the country.

No interview just payment!

This is a fraud mail offering people jobs in reputed companies in India for a fee. The crooks have opened thousands of fraud accounts in ICICI, SBI , Axis and other banks to receive money transferred by victims of fake job offer emails /SMS.They send mass mails  changing Company names, address and account details.  Names of  companies like Videocon, Wipro, HCL, Maruti Suzuki, Skoda India, Toyota India, L&T, Bajaj, Tata Group, Volkswagen etc have all been used to promote the fraud job offer .The mail declares that the company has seen the user’s resume in job portals and the candidate has been short listed for interview. The Salary offered is absolutely mouth watering. The company offers full refund of travel expenses. To show commitment to attend interview, candidate has to pay Rs.10, 500 or whatever, to the account of designated company.

Vanishing companies and fictitious training!

MsTechnology Bangalore is a recent case in point.  These people duped over 4000 people .They promised engineering fresher’s seeking jobs in the software industry ; training and an assured job in their own company  for a fee of Rs 35000/-.They conducted training in java language and dot net framework for a week in koramangala. A few students were infact absorbed after this one week course and paid salary for a month. But after a few days this company disappeared.None of the calls from the candidates was answered. It is a swindle of over 10 crore rupees.

Tips to avoid employment scam:

• Recruitment always involves a process. Starting from an aptitude test, technical round, hr round and ending with an interview. Those who do not follow these are potentially a fraud.
• Yes, companies are taking bonds to prevent freshers from moonlighting and to protect their investment in training. This bond is taken at the time of joining of the company and not during the recruitment process.
• Many employment agencies provide training and they help people to invest in themselves and make themselves presentable to handle interviews. They do not guarantee you a job but help you in up skilling yourself as well as providing access to companies who are hiring.
• Most legitimate employment agencies don’t charge unless they actually succeed in getting you a job, barring a small registration fee; and often it’s the new employer who pays.