A chartered accountant residing with his family in Dwarka and two others, including a resident of south Delhi’s Greater Kailash, became the latest victims of fake maid placement agencies.
The maids provided to the victims by the placement agencies charged them exorbitant amounts but disappeared from their house within a day or two — much before they could be familiarised with their work.
For the family residing in Greater Kailash, it proved to be a double nightmare.
Their newly-engaged domestic help not only vanished without informing anyone in the family, but also made away with the costly phone of the complainant’s wife.
Talking to Hindustan Times, Shiv Shankar Agarwal, a chartered accountant working with a German audit company, said that he had approached a south Delhi-based placement agency after seeing their advertisement in an English newspaper.
“I contacted Surender, who had claimed himself to be the owner of the placement agency. He charged me around R19,000 as his commission and one month’s salary of the domestic help and sent a maid to my house, who introduced herself as Sunita Gurung,” said Agarwal.
His domestic help, however, disappeared the next day after walking out of the house saying that she was going out for some work and would return soon.
In a similar case reported at the Greater Kailash police station, the complainant Abhishek Kaushik alleged that his domestic help Manju fled with his wife’s mobile phone without informing them.
“They brought her to our house in the afternoon and she disappeared at night. I paid R22,000 to the placement agency owner, Karan, but the maid provided to us did not stay for even a single day. Now, the placement agency people are not contactable,” said Kaushik.
GR Datta, an elderly man living in central Delhi’s Rajinder Nagar was also duped with similar modus operandi.
Datta welcomed one Asha at his house as his domestic help after paying around R23,000 to the placement agency.
“Datta was surprised when Asha disappeared. The placement agency promised to send a replacement, but never did. They did not return his money either,” said a senior police officer.