If you get an email saying that you have been selected for a position in auto major Maruti Suzuki and need to deposit money on various counts, don't just rush in.
It could be a trap set by unscrupulous elements to fleece you of your hard-earned money.
Lured by high salaries ranging from Rs 30,000 to Rs 2 lakh per month, several innocent people from Delhi, Mumbai and even as far as Kerala had fallen prey to the scamsters, who, according to the police, might have hacked the official email account of Shinzo Nakanishi, managing director and CEO of Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL), around 45 days ago.
DCP (west) Rameshwar Dayal said though no arrests have been made so far, his team has zeroed in on a Nigerian woman whose passport had been used to open a bank account in which job aspirants were asked to deposit the money.
The money was later withdrawn from various ATMs.
The Cyber Crime Wing of the Gurgaon police had earlier booked one Pardeep Kumar and Mukandikwa Taku under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Information Technology Act.
The conmen, however, have now discarded the Maruti email id and are using Rediffmail and accounts to dupe candidates.
This has also forced the company to issue yet another advisory in newspapers urging people not to fall prey to such forged emails.
The police have also written to the chief of Immigration Bureau and Foreigners’ Regional Registration Office to confirm the authenticity of the passport as well as identity of the Nigerian girl.
Maruti Suzuki officials too confirmed that the conmen continue to send out job offers and fleece people on email despite an FIR registered under various sections of cheating and cyber crime at Sector 18 police station in Gurgaon.
“We are fully aware of the fact that unknown people are circulating forged emails in the name of getting jobs at MSIL and using email for this,” said Dipak Anand, chief of vigilance department, MSIL.
“As a responsible corporate citizen, we issued another advisory in the newspapers on January 26 cautioning people not to fall in the trap,” Anand added.
In the emails (such as email@example.com), aspirants are asked to deposit R6,000 to R10,000 in the bank account as refundable deposit for sending air tickets for the interview.
Palam Vihar man duped of Rs 15 lakh
A Palam Vihar resident claimed he was duped of R15 lakh by some unknown persons who offered him lucrative business offers via email. Dalbir Singh, a businessman, deposited the money through cheques in various bank accounts.
The police are suspecting the role of a Nigerian gang in the case.
According to police officials, the complainant approached them after the accused threatened to kill him and refused to return his money. HTC