Cybercrime cops to tackle job frauds in Hyderabad

Officials request job portals to share details of aspirants so they can send alerts to their mails.

By Author  |  Published: 12th Dec 2017  12:06 amUpdated: 12th Dec 2017  12:30 am
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Hyderabad: With complaints of job aspirants being cheated by fraudsters on the rise in the city, the Hyderabad Cybercrime police are going proactive in their approach. They have already requested job portal managements to share details of all job applicants with the intention of contacting them and issuing cautionary messages regarding job frauds and cyber crooks. Usually job aspirants upload their details including contact numbers and email IDs on various job portals including free ones like naukri.com and shine.com, from where fraudsters procure details.

“They call the job portals posing as employers or representatives of reputed firms. They pay about Rs 25,000 to the portal and get an ID and password, using which they can access resumes for six months,” police said. The fraudsters, who mostly operate outside Hyderabad from Delhi, Mumbai and other cities, then download resumes, call job aspirants and collect huge money after promising those jobs. Police said though they have been on creating awareness, many youngsters were still ending up being cheated.

“We have advertised through various media including distributing brochures at various colleges, institutions and public places, but still there is not much of change. So we are trying out a different approach,” said P Ravi Kiran, Inspector Cybercrime. Officials recently went to New Delhi and spoke to the job portal managements and sought their support. “We met the shine.com job portal management and others informed about how cyber crooks are misusing the information. We requested them to share details of the job aspirants who uploaded their resumes. We will take the responsibility of sending mails to all of them alerting them on frauds and precautions to be taken,” Kiran said adding that the managements were reluctant in sharing the details citing privacy issues.

Officials said the discussions with job portals are still on and that police hoped their response would be positive. Police have identified that in most cases, the fraudsters had previous working experience as telecallers at call centres. “With their work experience, they lure job aspirants with their sweet talk and cheat them. They procure bank accounts from sources on a commission basis and use Paytm accounts too. They ask job seekers to transfer money,” another official said.

According to the Cybercrime police, since January 2017 until December first week, about 50 cases pertaining to cheating job aspirants were registered. Of them, 30 cases have been already detected. Officials said one of the main reasons for the pending cases was that the tech savvy Nigerians involved in the scams would dispose of the used SIM cards, bank accounts, mobile phones and other material leaving the cops clueless.