Gurugram: Faridabad police on Sunday arrested five people for allegedly duping 335 people across the country by promising them jobs in a private airline. Police said the accused were arrested from Delhi’s Daryaganj and Uttar Pradesh’s Bijnor and Sambhal.
The police have recovered ₹3.97 lakhs which was with them after cheating the victims. According to Basant Kumar, Station House Officer of Cybercrime Police Station, Faridabad, the arrested persons used to run a call center in Delhi’s Shahdra area to conduct their operations.
“The miscreants used to collect data of job seekers from various websites and placement agencies. They posed as senior officials of private airlines and conducted online interviews. Later, they asked the victims to deposit fees for medical evaluation, registration and other joining formalities along with a refundable security amount,” he said.
The suspects have been identified as Mutib Ahmed, Mohammad Fayaz, Lalit, Mohammad Faheem and Shahbaz Ahmed aka Golu. Faheem and Ahmed are residents of Uttar Pradesh while the other three are from Delhi. Two others have been identified and are currently absconding. Our teams are conducting raids to arrest them,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (NIT) Nitish Kumar Agarwal said.
The scam came to light after a man named Subhash Kumar from Faridabad lodged a complaint with the police about being cheated. ₹6.80 lakh after applying for the job through the website. Police said that a case was registered against the arrested on June 24.
According to Kumar, fraudsters lured their victims with lucrative packages and perks followed by training sessions. They sent them fake offer letters after conducting several rounds of online interviews to make things more believable.
“To ensure that the victims believe the recruitment process, they have couriered fake offer letters to their residences. After confirming the appointment, the victims were asked to pay money under various guises. After transferring the payments, the fraudsters switched off their phones,” he said.
Faridabad Police Spokesperson Subey Singh said that this gang has been actively involved in defrauding people for the past two years. He has been arrested earlier in other fraud cases. The accused confessed to 335 fraud cases, 118 from Uttar Pradesh, 33 from Rajasthan and Telangana, 27 from Gujarat and Delhi and 19 from Kerala. They have also prosecuted eight fraud cases in Haryana,” he informed.