Fraudsters dupe civil engineer of Rs 9 lakh after ‘fake’ test on Skype call

A 52-year-old civil engineer, working for a private company, fell prey to cyber scam as scammers offered him a job in the UK and gave a fake video interview before tricking him into converting Rs 9 lakh for visa arrangement. And other miscellaneous fees.

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An FIR was filed by Sakinaka Police against unknown persons on Friday. According to the complaint, on April 13, the complainant’s friend sent him an email regarding a job vacancy. The complainant read it and sent his resume to “recruiter/maxiconstruction.org” and the response came a few days later asking him to come for a job interview.”

On April 15, the civil engineer was forced to take a written test during a Skype video call and four days later, he received an email informing him that he had been selected for the job, the complaint said, adding that he was asked to send his documents on the email to arrange his three-year visa.

The scammers also gave him banking details and the phone number of James Moore, who they provided as an executive assistant to the British Embassy in New Delhi, the complaint says. The engineer was required to pay processing fees, verification fees, and travel fees that were “refundable”, as well as the termination of the visa and work permit. Sensing an error, the complainant got suspicious and examined the procedures for getting a job in the UK. After realizing that he had to keep making payments in order to get the job, he kept paying the scammers whenever he asked. In all, he paid Rs 9.09 lakh.

The scammers then demanded another pay to give him the job without further interviews while also asking them to pay additional travel and entry fees to the UK, the complainant said. This was when he realized he had been cheated and asked the accused to return his money several times. However, the scammers then cut off communication, leaving the civil engineer with no choice but to approach the police.

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