Fake job portal on prowl: Lakhs of job aspirants cheated; know details

At a time while unemployment has become a huge concern for all, job seekers looking for opportunities are not reluctant from taking whatever chance they get. However, there are many who get entangled with fake employers on the prowl to take benefit of the aspirants’ ignorance.

In one such instance, the Cyberabad Police has arrested the CEO and 13 other employees of wisdomjobs.com, an online job portal on charges of cheating around one lakh job seekers across the country by duping them of Rs 70 crore on pretext of providing employment.

The cyber crime wing of Cyberabad Police on Frday arrested Ajay Kolla, CEO of Wisdom IT Services India Private Limited and the other accused for duping candidates mainly from from India, Middle East, South Africa, Egypt, Qatar, Netherlands, Jordan, Lebanon, UK, Sri Lanka, Australia and Malaysia on promise of providing good jobs, a report published in the zeebiz.com stated.

According to police sources, the accused were arrested under Section 420 of the Indian Penal Code (cheating) and Section 66 of the IT Act (impersonation).

Cyberabad Police Commissioner V. C. Sajjanar during a presser said Ajay Kolla had floated the company in 2010 with two job portals – wisdomjobs.com and wisdomjobsgulf.com for job aspirants in India and Gulf respectively.

With 240 employees, divided into two separate teams, the company had collected Rs 28 crore from 69,962 applicants in India and about Rs 40 crore in US dollars from 35,000 job seekers in the Gulf.

As per preliminary investigation, the company was collecting money from the applicants for services like resume preparation, forwarding and interviews.

On a daily basis, around 20,000 job seekers used to register themselves with the portal from the country while the figures stood at around 3000 from Gulf countries.

Police suspect the accused used to collect data of the aspirants from social media accounts and thereafter misuse the information.

A helpline WatsApp number – 9490617444 has also been issued by the Cyberabad police through which aspirants have been urged to share their grievances.