Source | economictimes.indiatimes.com | Sreeradha Basu, ET Bureau
Bengaluru: In March this year, imposters masquerading as employees of a reputed recruitment firm published multiple job openings for a renowned ITeS company for Singapore postings. They created a fake website with the company logo, set up an office in Kochi to gain credibility, even conducted two rounds of interviews and issued offer letters on fake letterheads. Selected candidates, some 30-odd of them, were asked to pay up between ₹1 lakh and ₹3 lakh in agency fees, visa applications and even for a cultural assimilation programme. Once the money was collected, the ‘recruiters’ disappeared. The racket came to light when the victims reached out to senior executives of the real recruitment firm – only to find that they had no connection with the fake agency whatsoever.
Job scams – where fraudsters pass themselves off as representatives of leading recruitment firms to establish authenticity – have become rampant in a lacklustre hiring market, worsened by layoffs in some sectors.