Major Job Scam In Hyderabad Busted, 14 Arrested
Those arrested include Ajay Kolla, the Chief Executive Officer of Wisdomjobs, the company which executed the scam.
Hyderabad | 25th January 2019
The Cyberabad police have busted a major job scam in the capital city.
The cops arrested 14 suspects, including Ajay Kolla, the Chief Executive Officer of Wisdomjobs, the company which executed the scam.
Revealing the details of the crime, Cyberabad Police Commissioner V C Sajjanar said that the kingpin of the scam was Kolla, and that the company and its officials had cheated scores of unemployed youth by promising jobs to them. He said that the job portal had three crore registered users across the globe, and that the victims were mainly from India, the Middle East, South Africa, Egypt, Qatar, Netherlands, Jordan, Lebanon, the UK, Sri Lanka, Australia and Malaysia.
The police had formed ten special teams to investigate the case and nab the accused, Sajjanar said. The cops also seized computers, records and other documents.
The alleged fraudsters reportedly cheated some one lakh people of a cumulative Rs 70 crore (Rs 28 crore from 69,962 members from India, and Rs 40 crore from 35,000 members of other countries). They operated two websites, wisdomjobs.com and wisdomjobsgulf.com, and claimed to a jobseeker visiting any of the websites and uploading his CV there that they had tie-ups with thousands of companies and that the resumes would be forwarded to the relevant ones upon payment of Rs. 7,600.
After that, company employees posing as HR executives/heads of leading corporates would call up the candidate for an interview, and other company employees would tell him later that he had been selected and ask for more fees for verification etc. claiming that it was refundable. After that the candidate would never hear from the company again, and all calls and emails would go unanswered.
An investigation by newspaper Gulf News led to the Hyderabad police taking up the case.
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