Job scams: Cases from the past

Published: 15th September 2012 12:39 PM  |   Last Updated: 15th September 2012 12:45 PM   |  A+A-


In a suspected fake employment drive, around 554 student software developers, the majority of them Keralites, were allegedly cheated by an IT company after recruiting them by collecting Rs 20,000 from each person.

Some of the students have registered petitions with Online Consumer Forum and the police against the company. The recruitment drive was conducted by Basier IT systems at Kochi in June.

The officials of the company asked all the recruited persons to pay an amount of Rs 20,000 in the name of Elite Career Services at Punjab National Bank and promised to refund the amount once the training period is over.

They had recruited nearly 250 students for Bangalore unit and many more for Pune and Kochi.

The offer letter stated that they will be paid Rs 17,500 per month during the training period. Many of them joined the training session in Pune and Bangalore. But all closed in a month’s time.

Their training institute, Cannypro Solutions in Bangalore stopped training due to lack of payment by Basier IT Systems.

When City Express contacted Cannypro Solutions in Bangalore, Abid, Business Head of the company stated that they were not aware that the students were being charged Rs 20,000 for training when they had quoted Rs 9,500 per head.

He also stated that they did not receive the money as promised.

“It’s difficult to accommodate 554 candidates and provide training and facilities without receiving money on time. We did inform students about the termination, and the reasons a week in advance and asked them to contact Basier and sort out the issue with them.”

According to Abid, Cannypro got an enquiry through Just Dial. “After verification we called up Anirudh, the managing director, and over the phone we agreed to train Basier employees on Java and .Net technologies for Rs 9500 per head. Agreement was that Basier make the payments in four equal installments in advance towards the remaining classes,” he said.

Cannypro had received Rs 12,00,000 and Rs 40,63,000 is pending.

 On being asked as to how many students were affected by the termination of the training programme, Abid said, “All the 554 students have been affected. 254 students have received more than 60 per cent of the training, and the remaining got around 15 per cent training.”

On the background checks before entering into an agreement with Basier which affected so many youths, Abid stated, “We verified the company registration on Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) site.”

The managing director is still absconding.


About 80 engineering graduates accused a software company, Maxcom Inc in Koramangala of cheating them in return of offer letters.

The modus operandi was to portray itself with a corporate office in the US and branches in Bangalore and Gurgaon looking for software engineers.

After interviews, the company gave offer letters to some and others were told to wait. But those hired were required to pay Rs 1.2 to Rs 1.4 lakhs each as deposit which would be refunded when they quit. They were also asked to submit their original certificate for background checks.

When some students realised that there was something fishy about the scenario that they were in, they complained. The police arrested some staff members of the company, but the real con men had used their escape plan and are untraceable.

IBM Daksh

Sampigehalli police are looking for a person who cheated several job seekers by promising them jobs in US-based multinational, IBM.

Complainants claimed that they had paid Rs 7,500 to Rs 8,000 as processing fee to the person for a job in IBM Daksh Business Process Services Private Limited .

 “Neither IBM nor its affiliated company, IBM Private Limited, are associated with any such individual, nor does IBM Daksh or any of its authorised agents charge a fee from any candidate for any recruitment related activities,” the company stated.

Metro cash and carry

A 33-year-old man used to conduct telephonic interviews with job seekers who advertised in classified newspapers for jobs. He used to pose as a manager of the international retail firm, Metro Cash and Carry. The accused used to give his victims, duplicate confirmation letters of jobs, asking them to deposit money in his account as processing fees. He then used to change his mobile number.

Several cases were registered against him in different police stations in the city. In this case, the accused was arrested though the exact amount that he has amassed through cheating is yet to be ascertained.


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