Exec loses Rs 87,000 to online job scam
A hotel executive was duped of Rs 87,000 by fraudsters who promised to get him a job in the UK. The Gurgaon police registered a case against unknown conmen at the Sushant Lok police station on Thursday, three months after investigation by the cyber crime wing.india Updated: Jul 28, 2012 00:48 IST
A hotel executive was duped of Rs 87,000 by fraudsters who promised to get him a job in the UK. The Gurgaon police registered a case against unknown conmen at the Sushant Lok police station on Thursday, three months after investigation by the cyber crime wing. Victim Pappu Kumar was first asked to deposit Rs 35, 200 in a bank account towards visa processing fees in April this year. The Delhi resident, working with Oberoi Hotel in Gurgaon, was keen on going abroad and had applied on a few online sites.
He received a fake mail from De Vere Grand Hotel, Brighton, UK. The mail carried an appointment letter and asked Kumar to deposit visa fees and documents. On April 23, Kumar received a mail from britishhighcom-mission firstname.lastname@example.org asking for Rs 35,000 as visa processing fees to be deposited in a bank account. The victim transferred the amount through his account at the Sushant Lok branch of ICICI Bank.
Kumar claimed one Peter Scott sent the mails on behalf of the hotel.
On April 27, the executive again received a mail asking him to deposit an amount of Rs 52,000 which he transferred.
Despite sending all documents and money, the victim did not receive the visa or air tickets to UK. After 15 days, Kumar sent a mail but there was no response. He then filed a police complaint.
DCP (east) Maheswar Dayal said, “Surprisingly, educated people are falling prey to online fraud cases. One should check the authenticity of the company before transferring money. Nowadays, such fraud cases have become common.”