The Delhi Police CyPad arrested five for allegedly running a scam to provide job with a leading MNC in Delhi. More than 500 persons have been cheated by the accused.
The accused were identified as Manoj Hota (44) of Bhubaneshwar, Ashish Ranjan (26) Abhishek Kumar (27) Sonu Rawal (29) and Shaik Pintu (28) all from Gurugram.
DCP CyPad, Anyesh Roy stated that the accused are highly educated who set up an illegal centre at Gurugram to con more than 500 persons of around Rs. 7.5 Crores by promising them high end managerial positions with leading MNCs.
As per the case details, the CyPad had received a complaint from a resident of Uttam Nagar that he was contacted by some unknown persons who pretended to be from a number of recruitment agencies like Indeed Career, Zottic Career Choice Pvt. Ltd., Sandbip Edu Solution Pvt. Ltd., BSEPL Educon Pvt Ltd. and later from senior management of India’s leading companies and cheated him of almost Rs. 20 lacs on the pretext of providing him a job with a conglomerate.
The officials stated that the accused contacted the victim for offering a job with the leading MNC and then in the name of starting the selection process, document verification, completing the top management profile, internal reference, aptitude test, security amount, seat reservation, etc., conned him for several weeks and made him deposit the money in various bank accounts. The accused persons had created several fake websites and email IDs for running the scam successfully.
The CyPad formed a special team to track down the accused. The investigators did a complete analysis of the mobile numbers was done, the money trail was established, assistance was taken from the labs of CyPAD and the location of the accused was zeroed in.
The police tracked down the illegal call centre in Gurugram where the accused were running this scam from. The police seized seven computers and laptops and 14 mobile phones from the possession of the accused.
According to the CyPad, the main accused Manoj is a commerce graduate who went on to obtain a Masters in Business Administration from Pune and then further did his PhD in Human Resources, with a specialization in Compensation Management from a reputed university. He worked as a visiting faculty at a number of universities and colleges for a few years and then started a college of his own. However, it did not materialize and he ended up in a lot of debt. It was then, that he decided to make money illegally and contacted people who were already running this scam.
Manoj has been conning unsuspecting people in the name of providing high end jobs with reputed MNCs for over the last few years.
The officials added that he further recruited others to assist him in managing the Centre as well as calling job-seekers. He made it a policy to target only extremely well qualified people who were looking for top management jobs, so that he could coax them into paying more money. For this, he also made sure that he recruited enough well-qualified persons in his team who could converse well in English and talk professionally.
Manoj allegedly roped in Ashish and Abhishek into his team who are both are Engineers in Electrical and Electronics, respectively. Ashish was in charge of handling the operations of the Centre and was the main Manager there. Abhishek was the ‘star caller’ of the team who could easily convince unsuspecting people that he was calling on behalf of top MNCs. Both were instrumental to the success of the scam.
Sonu and Pintu are not as highly qualified and have only completed their schooling, however, they are also very fluent talkers and were in charge of contacting customers in the first instance and initiating the scam, which would then be ‘closed’ or finalized by Abhishek and Ashish.
The investigation showed that the accused persons have created several fake websites and email IDs in the name of various MNCs for the impersonation and cheating. As disclosed by them, they have been able to con more than 500 persons of around Rs. 7.5 Crores by promising them high end managerial positions with leading MNCs.