Hyderabad: Cyberabad Cyber Crime Police Station (CCPS) issued a fraud alert to job seekers in twin-cities on Friday, urging them to be careful of fraudulent job offers. Reportedly, CCPS has received several complaints recently concerning fake work-from-home job offers. To safeguard job seekers from job frauds, Cyberabad police is trying to create awareness among unemployed youth who are posting their details on employment web sites.

In a recent case reported at Cyber Crime, the complainant lost Rs 147,000 in the scam. Reportedly, the complainant, Gachibowli resident G Nagaraju received a phone call from one lady named Sneha. She informed him that there is a work-from-home offer, paying Rs 12,000 per month. Later, another individual claiming to be an advocate called him and said that a case had been booked against the company and him. The advocate demanded a payment of Rs 147,000 to clear the case, and, fearing prosecution, Nagaraju forwarded the amount to the account mentioned by the caller.

According to the police, fraudsters contact the people for a few days, asking them to accept the job offer. Once approved, the caller asks either for the initial payment or an agreement to their conditions. Explaining the modus operandi, Cyberabad police says that paying or agreeing to the requirements are only one part of the fraud. “Once a person is in, the fraudsters would call them again, from another number, threatening them of criminal cases due to their association with the company. They then demand money from the unsuspecting victim to clear the cases against them. Fearing prosecution and jail, the victim pays the money,” said the authorities.

Cyberabad police advised job seekers not to pay any amount for online jobs, especially work-from-home. They also advised them not to accept any job offer of work-from-home and not to pay any amount in advance for the jobs.

The advisory issued by the Cyberabad police are:

— Do not pay the amount if anyone threatens you with cases in connection to the job offer.

— Before accepting any job, verify the genuineness of the employer/company offering the work.

— Almost all job offers of work-from-home are fraudulent.

— Whoever demands payment is fake and don’t trust them.

— Don’t get carried away emotionally. Think about it and discuss with friends and parents before transferring the amount.

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