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Fake agencies: domestic helps dupe residents

india Updated: Feb 13, 2011 01:15 IST
Kapil Datta
Kapil Datta
Hindustan Times
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More and more residents are falling prey to fake placement agencies. Recent incidents of robbery involving maids show that there is a common pattern in such crimes.

Most of the time, unscrupulous elements get away with their crimes, as it is a Herculean task for a victim to file an FIR, thanks lackadaisical attitude of the police.

On Friday, a resident was duped of Rs 18,000 by a fake 'maid-supplying' agency. A maid sent by the agency went missing within hours of joining service.

"Arun Verma called Delhi-based Geeta Placement Agency on Thursday. Agency employee Deepak came with a maid called Suman," said Vijay Prakash, SHO, Sector 20 police station.

The staff then asked for agency charges and Arun gave Rs 18,000 to him. In the evening, he gave Rs 100 to the maid and sent her to buy some vegetables. She did not come back. He called the agency employee, but he did not answer. Later, the phone was switched off. He had got the agency number through Just Dial service.

He has lodged an FIR against the placement agency, police said.