Vikash Sharma

The Economic Offences Wing (EOW), Odisha on Wednesday busted a major inter-state job fraud racket by arresting three scammers from Bhubaneswar. Senior EOW officials informed that the trio was working for a pan India fake job racket.

The racket was being run from Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad. However, it was operating in at least 6 States including Odisha, Jammu & Kashmir, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, and Chhattisgarh. The accused have been identified as Mohammad Sanaullah, Sakshi Jain, and Surat Dalai. While Dalai hails from Balasore, two other accused are from Hyderabad.

“The accused were camping in Odisha over the last few months and were living in an AIRBNB rented accommodation. During the search, several incriminating documents, one laptop, 8 mobile phones, 3 pen drives, 12 ATM cards, and cash of Rs.1 lakh have been seized,” said EOW in a release.

How The Racket Was Busted

EOW suo-motu conducted a probe in connection with an advertisement published in Odia vernacular by Aided Schools Welfare Society (Educational Organization Supported by Govt) in December 2023. The salary offered was from Rs.28,000 to Rs.40,000 per month. As per EOW, The organization also runs a website - www.modelschools.ac .

The website and advertisement were carefully designed to resemble the Government website for misleading and duping the unemployed youth. The application fee to apply was Rs.1,000 per post per candidate.

“Like previous scams, it was found that the scammers used various mule bank accounts to collect fees so that they could fool/ puzzle the police/ law enforcement agencies. So far, transactions of more than Rs.1.7 Crore have been noticed in these bank accounts. Most of the money is withdrawn in cash through ATMs to leave no financial trail,” EOW said.

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