A city-based firm allegedly duped over a hundred unemployed youths by promising them jobs at the Metro Rail project and collecting lakhs of rupees as “application fee”, police said on Saturday.
About a hundred victims of the scam lodged a complaint of cheating at the Karanj police station on Saturday.
These youths had applied for the job of supervisor at a firm, which claimed in its newspaper advertisements that it was associated with the Metro rail project undertaken by the Metro Link Express for Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad (MEGA).
Every applicant was asked to pay Rs 1,050 by September 3 along with the application.
The applicants were then mailed appointment letters and asked to come to the Mirzapur office of the firm on Saturday for interview.
However, when the applicants turned up at the office, it was found to be locked. The mobile number provided in the advertisement had been switched off.
“We have started preliminary investigation and will soon register an FIR based on the investigation,” said sub-inspector KB Vihol.