Fake job portals cheated 27 thousand people in a month, looted Rs. 1.09 crores
New Delhi : Delhi Police has caught a gang that used to make money from people by tricking them for jobs. The cyber cell of the Delhi Police has arrested five suspects on Thursday. This job racket was run in the name of the Union Health Ministry and collected Rs 1.09 crore from the people as registration fee within a month. The portal has cheated 27,000 applicants. With reference to the exact number of victims identified, the police said that it was one of the biggest frauds ever.
Police said that since the mastermind portal conducting online recruitment exams for government and private agencies legally operated a center, they had access to the personal data of job seekers, for which they had sent messages offering jobs to the people. In a month, the gang allegedly sent 1.5 million SMSs with links to two fraudulent websites to register for 13000 vacancies, including positions such as accountants, data entry operators and ambulance drivers.
Giving the news of these fake jobs, Anish Roy, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Cyber Cell said, “The websites were designed so strongly that some news and job information portals believed that they were genuine. Roy said the gangs operated two websites – www.sajks.org and www.sajks.com, to make people their prey. Both claimed that they were under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
sajks meant institute of health and public welfare. When we tried to access both the websites, we came to know that neither of the two websites are currently working. The crime came to light last month when an applicant complained that he was charged Rs 500 as registration fee and no contact was made after that. Roy said that since the registration fee was only between Rs 100 and Rs 500, the fraudsters believed that the victims would not approach the police.
The police registered a case and began collecting the digital footprint of the suspects and their money trail. Investigation has revealed that a bank account was opened in Hisar district of Haryana under the name of fake website. The Commissioner of Police said, “Soon, we came to know that the money being deposited in this account by the job applicants was being withdrawn from the ATM every day. On Tuesday, we laid a trap at one such ATM in Hisar and caught a suspect red-handed while he was withdrawing money.”
The officer said the role of a 27-year-old suspect named Amandeep Khetri was only to withdraw money on a daily basis and distribute it to gang members. Apart from this, four more people were arrested. According to the police, those arrests included two website designers Sandeep and Joginder Singh, bank account holder Surendra Singh and mastermind.