The Mumbai crime branch busted a fake overseas job racket and arrested two men on Wednesday night for allegedly cheating at least 700 people to the tune of Rs 40.99 lakh by promising them jobs in Gulf countries.
Official from unit 3 of the crime branch said most of the victims are from Uttar Pradesh. They were given fake visas and documents.
A team headed by senior inspector Arvind Sawant, assistant inspector Dattatray Masvekar and constables Shaikh Akhtar, Rushi Patkar, Prakash Kondalkar caught the two accused — identified as Mohamed Sajid Hanif Khan, 35, a Mumbra resident, and Nafis Ahmed Yunus Ansari, 38, Madanpura resident.
According to the police, Khan runs Al Sifa training centre-cum-placement agency and has three branches in UP, while Ansari was his accomplice. They had been running the scam since November last year.
They would get in touch with sub-agents in UP, telling them there were jobs available in three renowned companies in Gulf. “The sub-agents, in turn, would contact other agents and seek applicants for the jobs. Thee applicants would transfer money to Khan’s account and also send their passports to him,” said a crime branch officer.
“To gain their confidence, the applicants were given fakes visas. The duo would also book air tickets, but later cancel them on some pretext or the other,” he added.
A complaint was filed with the Nagpada police on July 15, when one of the victims confronted the duo at Sagar Hotel and realised that he was being cheated.
According to the police, the accused ran their office through rented space and would keep changing locations often. They moved to Mumbra, Kalyan, Nashik, Bhusaval and Jalgaon.
Finally, Khan was arrested from Vashi and Ansari from Govandi. Officials said similar cases have been registered against them with the Thane and Navi Mumbai police.
They duo have been booked for cheating, forgery, criminal conspiracy.