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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Beware of fake email job offers!


HYDERABAD: The city police has cautioned citizens to be careful about fake job offers in the United Kingdom (UK) through e-mails.
Recently, an unemployed person was duped of more than Rs 4.60 lakh by an e-mail that offered a job in the UK.
According to Central Crime Station (CCS) DCP R S Praveen Kumar, the victim, Ch Sudhakar, who posted his resume on naukri.com, received an e-mail offering him the post of a software engineer with a salary of 4,800 pounds per month at Marriott Residence Hotel, London. Sudhakar was also offered an air ticket and free accommodation from Sir Powel, Human Resource Development Manager.
Sir Powel asked Sudhakar to contact Claire Tuhey (Asia zonal coordinator and office in-charge of British Council) for visa-processing.
Sudhakar was selected through an e-mail interview in which he was asked to give brief answers to the listed questions within 72 hours. Based on the score, he was sent an appointment letter through e-mail and lured to deposit Rs 4.63 lakh in various bank accounts for visa-processing.
"Believing that he had bagged a job in the UK, Sudhakar borrowed money from his friends and relatives. But, even after sending the money, he did not get the visa. Realising that he had been deceived by Nigerians, he lodged a complaint at the CCS,’’ Praveen Kumar said. The police has listed out measures to avoid getting duped by e-mails promising jobs. For any information on offers through emails/phone, citizens can visit ‘Frauds’ section on www.hyderabadpolice.gov.in or call Cyber Crimes Cell at 040-27852040 or mail to cybercell_hyd@hyd.appolice.gov.in.
The DCP claimed that there had been a steep decline in the incidence of cyber frauds after the launch of the city police department’s official website www.hyderabadpolice.gov.in.