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India - Recruitment fraud in Mumbai

17 May 2013

The Mumbai police are searching from two individuals who have allegedly cheated more than 40 jobseekers on the pretext of offering jobs at hotels abroad according to the Afternoon Dispatch & Courier.

According to police, the accused, identified as Rajesh Singh and Manohar Mallupuram, cheated jobseekers to the tune of INR 50 lakh (US$89,000). The victims realised that they had been cheated after repeated attempts to contact them were futile and their office was closed.

“Both the accused opened a placement office named Apex Enterprises and Hospitality Logistics in January and offered jobs in hotels in Italy, US, Singapore, Malaysia and Canada and charged fees ranging from Rs.40,000 to Rs.1,00,00 from job seekers. They used to get data of job-seekers from Naukri.com, a job search portal,” said the investigating officer Sub-Inspector Shinde.

They had opened the office in January 15 and fled after April 15, he added.

Baljit Singh, a victim and resident of Nashik approached Belapur police after his repeated attempts to contact them failed. “I deposited Rs.1,00,00 in January for a job at a hotel in the US and submitted all the relevant documents asked by them including my passport,” said Baljit.

Another victim said that he had deposited Rs.60,000 in February and whenever he approached them they assured him that he would get his work visa for Canada within a week.

Both the accused have been booked under sections 420, 465, 471 and 34 of IPC and the police have launched a manhunt for them.

“We are also investigating whose login ID was used to get data from Naukri.com. Since they were offering only hotel industry jobs then they must have been login ID of a company who is also in the same business and any one them had worked with them,” said PSI Shinde. He added that the number of victims can rise in the days to come. 

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