Cyber fraudster promises job in L&T, dupes 22-year-old Mumbai man of ₹20,000

Mumbai city news: The victim paid the money through Paytm, the police said

mumbai Updated: Jun 08, 2017 01:31 IST
Jayprakash S Naidu
Jayprakash S Naidu
Hindustan Times
Cyber fraud,Mumbai city news,Cyber fraud in mumbai

A man posing as an assistant manager at the engineering and infrastructure giant Larsen & Toubro Limited (L&T) allegedly duped a 22-year-old engineering student from Andheri (West) of Rs20,000 on the pretext of giving him a job.

The youth, who filed an FIR with DN Nagar police on June 3, said he received an email from at 9.27 pm on June 1 and the subject read “employees of company”.

It said the company was looking to hire an assistant manager. The email had a PDF file with the terms & conditions and the salary they offered. It also had attached an online form for job application.

The police said the email mentioned that all applicants must give their passport size photo, PAN card photo copy and résumé with the form. He was also asked to pay application fee, interview process fee, maintenance and courier fee totaling to Rs7,150. The deadline for application was mentioned as 2 pm on June 2.

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The victim paid the money through Paytm as the account details were given in the email, the police said. After making the payment, he called the alleged imposter, whose phone number was mentioned in the email. The fraudster confirmed that he had got the job in Mumbai and will have to pay another Rs13,000 through Paytm, but this time into another account. The student agreed and made the payment.

But after this, the accused disconnected his phone.

On not receiving any official confirmation, the student called L&T’s toll free number and he was told that the company never sends such emails and never asks job aspirants to pay money.

He rushed to DN Nagar police station and filed an FIR under sections 419 (impersonation) and 420 (cheating) of IPC and 66D (impersonation using computer resource) of the IT Act.

A police official said, “Thecomplainant was negligent. Why didn’t he first call the company and check the authenticity of the email? He didn’t even meet the imposter before sending the money. Everything happened over email and phone.”


It has been brought to our attention that certain unscrupulous elements are sending out false emails purporting to be from Larsen & Toubro Limited. The emails ask the recipient to appear for a face-to-face interview for a job opening with L&T and to deposit a certain amount as a refundable interview security in a designated bank account. The emails are falsely stated to be from officials of the HR Department of L&T. L&T has not sent out any such emails. Please note that L&T, as a policy, does not collect any money as a pre-employment requirement. A fraudulent email may mention the bank account number of an individual or the account details would be given upon calling up on the number mentioned in the fraudulent mail. In any case the bank account would not be in the name of “Larsen & Toubro Ltd.”

Bizman cheated of ₹32 lakh

Rupendar Arora, a 65-year-old businessman in Khar, was allegedly duped of Rs32 lakh on the pretext of investing in a New York-based start-up company with promise of hefty returns.

The agents contacted Arora in June 2015 and met with him at his office. He said in the FIR they lured him by saying his returns will be three to six times his investment in six months. They insisted that the money be paid as soon as possible. In August 2015, Arora transferred $50,000 (Rs32 lakh) to their New York account.

Arora said, “They lured me saying other renowned companies from India have invested their money in the start-up.” In March 2016, they informed Arora that the company had shut down, all investors lost their money and so did he. Arora said, “I think they are lying and there was no such start-up.”

First Published: Jun 08, 2017 01:25 IST