53 cases of duping job seekers in S Goa from Jan to Sept

The lure of high paying jobs in reputed companies or aboard cruise liners, after making a reasonable initial investment, seems to be a logical choice for many job seekers in South Goa. Unfortunately, this has led to unscrupulous individuals feeding on the dreams of these job seekers and often making them pay large amounts of money as initial investment and then cheating them altogether.

Over the past nine months of this year, as many as 53 cases of cheating have been registered by South Goa police.

In 2011, 35 such cases of cheating were registered by South Goa police and till September this year the number of such cases had gone up to 53. According to the information available of these 53 cases, only 33 have been solved. In 2011, 27 of the 35 cases were solved.

A senior police officer when asked to comment on the rise in cheating cases said that the cheating category has many avenues, such as cheques that bounce, misappropriation of funds, taking an advance on the promise of providing jobs abroad and then not living up to the promise nor returning the money taken, dubious sales of property, taking fee for imaginary courses in imaginary institutions, and many other offences. He however said that most cases were of cheating individuals by taking money from them and promising them lucrative jobs abroad or onboard cruse liners.

According to data available with the police, from January to May this year, 23 cases of cheating were registered and out of these, 13 were solved. However, from June to September, the number jumped from 23 to 53 as more cases came to light. Out of the 53 cases registered by South Goa police, the most number of cases were registered at Margao police station – 23 from January to September 2012. The police have managed to solve 16 of these cases.

The Maina-Curtorim police station registered 1 case and Colva police station registered 4 cases and detected 2 of them. There is no case registered at the Cuncolim police station. The police stations of Margao, Colva, Cuncolim and Maina-Curtorim are in the jurisdiction of Salcete taluka.

Of the 28 cases registered at Salcete, the police managed to solve 19. Most of these cases involved cheating job seekers of their money by promising jobs overseas.

Police said that one has to be very careful and should identify fake jobs rackets and forged call letters. Police said that job seekers are desperate to land a job and unscrupulous elements take advantage of this desperation. Desperate job seekers become easy targets for scamsters who promise great jobs with fat salary packets in reputed companies. These job seekers fail to understand that getting fabulous jobs is not that easy and are often made fools by the sweet talking scamsters.

He said that over the past few months, scamsters have improved their technique and are now approaching job seekers through emails and SMS messages on the phone. This, said police, makes it difficult to trace the culprits as many times, the job seeker does not even come face to face with the scamster.

According to a victim of such a fake job racket, the advertisement promised big salaries abroad for small-time jobs such as drivers, mechanics and painters. He applied and was promised a visa to an overseas country. He as then asked to pay for the airline ticket, saying that this was necessary for the visa process. However, even after paying the money he neither got the job nor was the paid fee returned to him, thus cheating him. Margao police are currently investigating the case he said.

In some other cases, job seekers are sent ‘job contracts’ over the email. These are often forged copies. Along with the offers, the job seeker is asked to make a cash ‘refundable deposit’ in a certain account as a sign of his willingness to accept the mentioned job abroad. Once the cash is deposited in the bank, the account is cleared and closed. The emails bounce back and there is no trace of the scamster. Many unscrupulous individuals also employ the modus operandi of saying that they are calling from genuine big-time companies and have telephonic interviews with job seekers, who are told to deposit cash amounts in accounts. They are told that the next interview will be in Goa, at which the job seeker will be given his contract. After the money is deposited, there is no more sign of the employer or the money. [NT]