Four youths held for cheating aspiring engineers

New Delhi: Four youths, including two pursuing MBA and post graduate courses, were arrested here for allegedly cheating several job aspiring engineers by taking money from them after promising them jobs, police said today.

The arrested have been identified as Abhay Kumar, an MBA student, Sudhir, a post graduation student, Madhuresh, who runs a consultancy agency in Noida, Devender who works as a sales agent for a company named Addigo.

The arrests came following investigations into a complaint by a mobile and internet service provider company that some persons are cheating innocent people by organising sham interviews and providing them fake appointment letters.

"Some IT professionals landed at their office in Okhla with appointment letters for different jobs in the company.

The company was shocked to find that all of them have been interviewed in the office itself. The victims told them that they have paid Rs 35,000 each for the job," Ajay Chaudhry, Additional Commissioner of Police (South-East), said.

Initial investigations suggested that the culprits contacted the victims through sources in placement agencies based in different states. After identifying potential victims, two of the accused used to contact the victims on telephone and call for a walk-in interview near the office of the company.

"After confirming that the victims are willing to pay the amount and have brought the money, they used to take the victim inside the company premises. At the gate of the company, they posed themselves as sales executives and gained access inside," Chaudhry said.

Thereafter, with the help of an employee of the company, who was authorized to sell the mobile connections, organised the interviews in the conference hall which was usually empty, having an executive office look and was located at the entry gate of the company.

"The whole set was ideal for the accused persons for creation of an impact on the victim as if he is entering the room of a senior executive," Chaudhry said.

"After the interview, the victims were assured of the job and handed over an appointment letter. The appointment letter was given for a date which would be 10-15 days away. The accused were apprehended from Greater Noida on the basis of technical surveillance by police," he said.