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The Dark Side of Job Hunting: How Three Men Cheated More Than 100 Job Seekers in Delhi



The Dark Side of Job Hunting: How Three Men Cheated More Than 100 Job Seekers in Delhi

Three men have been arrested for allegedly deceiving more than 100 individuals by promising them high paying jobs in leading overseas firms in Turkey and Ethiopia. The Delhi Police first arrested Sohail Nijam, a 33-year-old man, and then, based on his information, apprehended his accomplices, Afroj Alam, 32, and Parvej Alam, 42.

The three men, who desired to live a lavish lifestyle, chose to set up a fake company named ‘AR Enterprises’ and engage in criminal activity, according to the police. They publicized the firm on social media and created a phony website, where they placed recruitment advertisements for foreign jobs that never existed.

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The accused stated during questioning that they posted fake information on their website about high paying jobs in leading overseas firms in Turkey and Ethiopia, and then sent fraudulent job offer letters via WhatsApp to their victims in exchange for payment, according to Rajesh Deo, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Southeast). The perpetrators also kept the victims’ passports, he said.

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According to the DCP, Delhi Police seized six mobile phones, two laptops, 68 Indian passports belonging to the victims, fake job offer letters from a Chinese company, and several copies of fake air tickets from Turkey and Ethiopia from the accused’s possession. He added that the accused wanted to lead a lavish lifestyle and chose the way of crime to achieve their goals. The police also froze the bank account belonging to the alleged frauds with approximately RS 50-60 lakh in it.

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Dilawar Singh, who claimed to have been swindled out of Rs 1 lakh by people from A R Enterprises, who offered jobs in Turkey and Ethiopia, brought the matter to the Sarita Vihar Police Station’s attention, and based on his complaint, a case was registered under sections 420, 468, 467, and 471 of the Indian Penal Code and section 24 of the Emigration Act.

Singh said that after he paid the money, the accused sent him a fake e-visa, a job offer letter, and an air ticket. Immediately after, they stopped taking his calls, police said.

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The officer stated that “on the basis of technical surveillance and bank account details, a police team apprehended Sohail Nijam and during the course of investigation, he confessed to his crime. At his instance, his associates Afroj Alam and Parvej Alam were apprehended from their residences, respectively.” Police also froze the bank account belonging to the alleged frauds with approximately Rs 50-60 lakh in it.

Here are some preventive measures that can help job seekers avoid falling victim to such scams:

  1. Research the company: Always research the company before applying for any job. Check the company’s website, social media profiles, and reviews on third-party websites to verify its authenticity.
  2. Be cautious of unsolicited job offers: Be wary of unsolicited job offers through email, WhatsApp, or social media. Always verify the legitimacy of the offer and the company.
  3. Never pay for job applications: Legitimate companies never ask job seekers to pay for job applications, interviews, or any other recruitment process.
  4. Verify the job offer: Always verify the job offer through official channels such as the company’s website, HR department, or email address.
  5. Keep your personal information safe: Never share your personal information such as bank account details, passport details, or other sensitive information unless you are sure of the authenticity of the job offer and the company.
  6. Report suspicious activity: If you come across any suspicious activity or job offer, report it to the concerned authorities such as the police or the labor department.

By following these preventive measures, job seekers can protect themselves from falling victim to such scams and fraudulent job offers.

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