Hyderabad: The Central Zone Task Force on Wednesday busted a job fraud and arrested a five-member gang, including one woman, on charges of cheating youngsters after promising jobs in multinational companies including Wipro, Amazon and Cognizant. They had collected Rs 50 lakh from the victims and issued fake appointment letters.
Police said the gang also shopped in various shopping centres in Hyderabad and paid with a fake Paytm app.
The arrested persons were identified as Mohammed Ali alias Ali; Mohammed Firdouse alias Atif; Syed Sadeeq alias Sadeeq; Reshma alias Neha and Naresh Kumar Bhandar. Two suspects, Mohammed Amaan Ahmed and Syed Afroze Ali, were absconding.
Police said the gang had set up job consultancies in Lakdi-ka-Pul, Himayathnagar, Hitec City, King Koti and Secunderabad promising jobs to youngsters in multinational companies. They demanded between Rs 1 lakh to Rs 1.5 lakh with an advance of Rs 70,000 from each candidate.
“So far they cheated about 60 job aspirants and collected Rs 50 lakh from them. After receiving the money, they sent fake call letters in the name of these multinational companies asking them to attend interviews. They promised to manage the office staff and secure jobs through the backdoor,” police said.
Asif and Amaan following Ali and Reshma’s instructions used to prepare fake offer letters of Cognizant, Wipro, IBM and Amazon companies and send fake emails through a fake emailer that made the mail appear as if it was sent from the websites of the MNCs to the candidates by attaching the interview letters, appointment letters and confirmation mails.
Police said Ali and Amaan also downloaded a fake app called Prank Paytm in their cell phones to loot shops as well.
“They visited supermarkets including Heritage Fresh at Jubilee Hills, Himayathnagar and Abids and First Cry Kids Store and Almond House Sweet Shop at Himayathnagar for shopping. They paid using the fake app,” said P Radha Kishan Rao, DCP Task Force, adding that they had cheated these shops to the tune of Rs 1.9 lakh.
Officials seized fake offer letters of the MNCs, cash, bikes, grocery items and gold from them.