Once again, miscreants are fooling people by offering them fraudulent appointment letters using the name and logo of Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER). The institute has issued an official statement, wherein it has rubbished the claim of issuing appointment letters online.
“Fraudulent appointment letters with PGIMER logo and address are being issued by conmen to fool people and take money from them. The institute is not issuing such appointment letters even online or through social media,” reads an official statement issued by Manju Wadwalkar, public relations officer, PGIMER.
The incident came into PGIMER’s notice when Dr JS Thakur, professor of community medicine at the institute got a message from Dr Subodh Gupta, a Sangrur-based doctor requesting him to verify if the appointment letter is genuine or not.
When checked, it turned out to be a fake appointment letter.
Dr Gupta said, “My relative,Lalit, who is based in Canada, had forwarded me the appointment letter for checking. His relative, who is based in India, had got the letter.”
“After checking with Dr Thakur, I have alerted my relative that the document is fake,” he said.
What the letter says
The appointment letter is full of grammatical errors and has spelt the name of the institute wrong. Hence, it raised suspicion in the minds of the recipient.
The letter reads, “We are pleased to offer you an Employee Letter of our Company (PGIMER Chandigarh) as position with effect from joining date 01-03-2017. I am eager to have you as part of a our team. I foresee your potential skills as a valuable contribution to our company and clients, Your Joining as P.G.1 will commence on date 01-03-2017.”
“As PGI rules you will be entitle to a monthly salary of Rs 28,000 and salary will be enhanced as per your performance. You will be on the training period for 30 days,” the letter reads.
It further mentions, “you shall received your salary before 15th of every month, leaves and company policies terms and conditions. Please sign and return the duplicate copies of this letter in token of your acceptances.”
It has mentioned a contact number (97291-46171) as well. No one answered the call, despite repeated attempts.
The appointment letter has a fake signature of Dr AK Gupta, medical superintendent , PGIMER. It has two logos; one of PGIMER and the other of Government Medical College, Chandigarh.
In 2015, a recruitment scam at the PGIMER came to the fore, wherein people claimed that they have received calls and were being asked to pay money to ensure that they get the job of technician at the institute.