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Job aspirants pay Rs 16L for fake exam in Bengaluru

Source | The Times Of India

Bengaluru: Some 1,000 candidates were duped by a gang which organized a fake examination promising jobs to aspiring teachers in Jayanagar on Sunday.

The gang is suspected to be part of a nationwide racket with several people posting similar experiences across the country online.

In two batches of 500 each, the candidates arrived at MES School on 10th Cross, Jayanagar 4th Block on Sunday, but soon realized there was no examination. Each of them had paid Rs 1,600.

Police said the gang concocted an examination, titled S Radhakrishnan All India Teacher’s Examination, and advertised online under a fake name, National Professional Testing Bureau which even had an elaborate website. In the advertisement, they claimed that based on the results of the all-India test, postings will be made across the country.

 The postings were supposed to be at teaching centres to be set up in various cities under a programme to provide “quality but inexpensive educational facilities” to students up to class XII. The minimum qualification needed was a degree for two category of jobs and post-graduation for one. Candidates up to 45 years were eligible to apply for the jobs which promised annual salaries ranging from Rs 4.15 lakh to Rs 8.2 lakh. The aspirants were asked to pay Rs 1,600 online and bring the receipt as a proof for writing the exam.

The fraudsters had approached the school in Jayanagar to conduct the exam. A certain amount was paid as deposit as well. A soft copy of a question paper and OMR sheets were also given to the authorities.

 However, on Sunday morning, when the examinees arrived at the school, there were no arrangements for providing seat numbers and other facilities. The candidates initially thought it was lack of coordination, but soon realized they were cheated. The school authorities told them they were clueless about the exam as no instructions had reached them since they got the OMR sheets. Left with no option, aspirants approached Jayanagar police.

 
Lokesh Kumar, DCP, south, said they have started investigation. “There is a clear change in strategy by the fraudsters. Instead of taking a large sum from one person, they have taken small sums from many. At least Rs 16 lakh have been taken away,” he said.
 
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