A Nigerian national and a woman from Nepal have been arrested by the police for hacking the official email account of Maruti CEO Shinzo Nakanishi and running a job racket in his name.
According to investigators, the arrests could just be the tip of the iceberg as the gang allegedly operated more than 200 bank accounts and had created around 100 email accounts to cheat gullible job aspirants across the country.
“We have arrested one Teddi Malone Ogbaru and Puja Rai on charges of cheating. Maruti Suzuki India Limited is the complainant in the case. Teddi has been sent to one-day police custody while Puja is in judicial custody. We are interrogating Teddi to gather more details about the transactions they made,” said Gaurav Phogat of the police cyber cell.
According to sources, the gang used to offer various positions in Maruti using different email ids and asked candidates to deposit money in one of the numerous bank accounts opened by them.
“The accused paid people Rs10,000 to open bank accounts. They later took the ATM card from them. Through email, they asked job seekers to deposit money in the account and withdrew it almost immediately,” said a senior police officer requesting anonymity.
Victims were asked to deposit Rs6,000 to Rs10,000 in the name of refundable deposit for air tickets for the interview. Gurgaon police commissioner SS Deswal told HT that several cases of cheating through fake bank accounts have come to their notice. “Every month, we get 2-3 case where accounts have been opened on basis of fake documents and people have been swindled. It is a menace spreading fast. There have been land dispute cases, lottery offers, employment offers where such ghost bank accounts were brought into play to dupe people,” he said.