The accused persons used to collect the resume of the job seekers who were applying for jobs on monster.com. The alleged mastermind of this racket Hansraj offered a monthly salary from Rs 12,000 and incentives up to 10% to the co-accused persons who were making calls to the job seekers to trap them.
The employees of this call centre used to call the job seekers and tell them about their appointment and jobs according to their qualification and they were being asked to contact them on specific mobile numbers and email addresses.
One of the accused Rishi Raj provided some bank accounts numbers to this group and they were required to pay 5% commission to the account holder for using the accounts. Once the amount was transferred to one of these accounts, Rishi Raj used to withdraw all the money at one go and keeping 10% commission with himself, he ised to pass on the rest of the amount to Ashish Pandey and Hansraj. Thereafter, both the accused Ashish and Hansraj used to share the money equally among themselves after paying the salary and incentives to their employees. Each employee was assured 10% incentive on the money deposited in the bank accounts. As per record and details of bank accounts, the accused persons had fleeced a over a 100 unsuspecting job seekers and robbed them of more than Rs. 50,00,000.
The gang involved in this case was running a call centre in the name of MIS service and group. Initially they would call up and interview the victim, who was then give a bank account number and asked to deposit Rs 2,500 as registration fee in that account. Thereafter, they would ask for Rs 2,000 as interview fees, and Rs. 2500 against document verification. Two months later, the gang was again contacting the victims or the job seekers asking them to deposit another Rs 5,000 because the job was not available and they were ready to refund an amount of Rs15,000.
The arrested are:
1. Ashish Pandey, aged-28 yrs, s/o Lt. Sh. Shyam Bihari Pandey r/o 14-C,Saraswati Vihar, Khoda Colony, Ghaziabad, UP.
2. Hans Raj, aged-22 yrs, s/o Mahender Kumar Sharma r/o Gali No. 2, Hardev Nagar, Jharoda Mazra, Burari Delhi
3. Ajay Sharma,aged-35 yrs, s/o Vishnu Sharma r/o RC-38, Pratap Vihar, Khoda Colony, Ghaziabad (UP).
4.Rishi Kumar Mishra,aged-25 yrs, s/o Ram Chandra Mishra R/o Village-Ghilwar, Post-Hardoli, Distt-Rewa (MP)
5. Amit Kumar, aged-22 yrs, s/o Ashok Kumar R/oH.No. 254/119, Krishna Nagar, Bagu Lathmar Colony, Ghaziabad (UP)
6. Sanjeev Kumar,aged-24 Yrs, s/o Ram Ekbal ThakurR/o 252-C, Block-63, Janta Flat, Sec-73, Noida (UP)
7. Dheeraj Kumara,aged-26 yrs, s/o Lt. Sh. ShyamNarayan Ram R/o 86-A, C-Block, Sarita Vihar, Delhi.
The crime branch got the information of this fake call centre during the interrogation of accused persons arrested in another cheating case. A team led by Inspector Vinay Tyagi and comprising of SI Dinesh Kumar, ASIs Raj Kumar, Ramesh Kumar,Mohd. Salim, Satywan, Jagdish Kumar, Tehjeeb Haider, HCs Sunil Kumar, Vivek,Shyam Lal, Shashi Kant, Sudhakar, Babu Ram and Constable Sameer was constituted to nab the criminals under the close supervision of Assistant Commissioner of Police Anand Kumar Mishra.
Another fake call centre, job racket busted
The Crime Branch of South Eastern Range has also busted a fake call centre that was being run by a gang of cheats who were involved in a massive inter-state on line cheating on the pretext of providing jobs to unemployed educated youths. The arrested persons are partners of the firm running a call centre. It was a fully functional fake call centre with all amenities like laptops, desktops, printers, PRI line phones of Airtel, and mobile phones.
On 23 March 2017, a complaint was received by the Crime Branch by a complainant Ms. Rachna (name changed), a student of M.Com. (Final year) and R/o Bhubneshwar, Orissa. She had complained that she had submitted her resume for a job on Monster.com. On 18 February 2017, she received a call from Zeeobs.com regarding a job and they asked her to register herself on their site. They demanded a registration fee of Rs. 2300 from her. After depositing the required fee for registration, when she contacted the officials of Zeeobs, they further demanded Rs. 6500 for interview. She refused to pay further and asked them for cancellation of her registration and refund of fee. They replied that they would refund the money after two months. Suspecting the Zeeobs site to be a fake one, she lodged a complaint on 06 March 2017. In her complaint, she also stated that the firm in question was cheating other innocent unemployed youths and a thorough investigation is required in this matter.
On receipt of the complaint, a team comprising of Inspector Ishwar Singh, SIs Rajiv Malik, Devender Dahiya, ASIs Jai Prakash, Deep Chand, Vinod, Head Constable Vinod and Constable Sandeep was constituted and led by ACP Ishwar Singh under the overall supervision of DCP, Dr. G Ram Gopal Naik. The CDRs of the mobile numbers given in the complaint were analysed. The statement of the account numbers in which the complainant had deposited the registration amount were also analysed. The addresses on which the mobile numbers were issued were found to be fake. From the CDR analysis, it was revealed that the given numbers were being used for calling the prospective victims. Some of the victims were also contacted who also reported that they have bee ncheated by the same firm. The analysis of the bank accounts also revealed that small amounts in the form of registration fee was being deposited by the victims from different parts of the country. An amount of Rs. 30,00,000 was found to have been deposited in the last four months in an account of M/s ShowvisLive, the account was used by the accused persons for receiving the registration and other fees. Following investigations, the police registered a case under FIR No. 63/17, on 3 May 2017 under Sections 420/34/120-B IPC at PS Crime Branch and investigation was taken up.
During the investigation of the case, the address mentioned with the bank account was found to be locked and it surfaced that the address was used only for procuring the bank account. Technical surveillance was also mounted and manual sources were deployed to apprehend the accused persons and the call centre of the accused was located at Laxmi Nagar in Delhi. A raid was conducted at the so called call centre on 3 May and the accused persons operating the illegal set up were apprehended.
The arrested accused revealed that they used to purchase the data of unemployed youths from job site Monster.com and the job aspirants were contacted by their call centre. The aspirants were asked to register with the site Zeeobs.com and a registration fee was received from such aspirants in the account of ShowvisLive maintained at SBI, Laxmi Nagar. The prospective victims were asked to deposit the amount for holding dummy interviews, document verification. The accused contacted the job aspirants residing in remote areas, far away from Delhi as they were considered easy targets and it was also not easy for the poor victims to trace them in Delhi.
Accused Abhimanyu Singh is the mastermind of this racket. He has been involved in such activities since 2014. Earlier, he was involved in anothr cvase of cheating when he was running a racket under the name of Today Employment at Sector 3,Noida wherein he had cheated several victims of approx. Rs. 40 Laks. On being identified and when chased by the victims, he had shifted his earlier set up from Noida to Delhi in April, 2016. He had also operated in the name of Zeeconnect but, the account of that firm were frozen by Punjab National Bank after it had detected abnormal behaviour. In Dec. 2016, Abhimanyu had opened an account in State Bank of India, Laxmi Nagar Branch in Delhi in the name of Showvis Live and got a website made in the name of Zeeobs.com and started running a call center at D-240, Laxmi Nagar, Delhi. He had been accepting registration fee through Paytm also.
Profile of the arrested accused
1. Accused Abhimanyu Singh was born in1993 and is a commerce graduate from Jodhpur. He is unmarried. He has been involved in such job scams since 2014.
2. Accused Om Vasudev Sharma is 1990 bor n. He did BCA from Agra in 2010 and after that came to Delhi for MCA. He started working at a call centre in Noida and later came in contact with accused Abhimanyu Singh and got involved in the job scam.
3. Accused Rohit Kashyap was born in 1993 and is 12th pass. He started working at a call centre in Noida and later came in contact with accused Abhimanyu Singh and got involved in the job racket.