HYDERABAD: In a fresh case of job fraud, 540 engineering graduates from the city have been allegedly duped of Rs 1.35 crore by an IT firm, based out of Dehradun.
The scam came to light after the candidates, most of them students of the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological
University-Hyderabad (JNTU-H), approached the Gachibowli police to lodge a complaint against PC Technology Pvt Ltd, accusing it of cheating them of Rs 25,000 each, in the name of offering permanent positions in the organisation.
Based on their accounts, the police registered a case of cheating against the firm and started investigation.
Recalling the shocking episode, Lavanya Jogu, a victim of the fraud, said, “During my walk-in interview, the company sought photocopies of all my original documents and asked for a bond amount of Rs 25,000.
The management said that the money would be reverted after a three-month training period. Surprisingly , however, when I visited the office premises on August 20 I found that it was shut. When I dialled the office telephone, a message said the number did not exist any more. Even the website has been blocked.”
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Hari Prasad Reddy from JNTUH was duped similarly . “The company held bulk recruitments. The most common position on offer was that of a trainee software developer.Post training, we were assured of being attached to various projects,” he rued, adding how most of his fellow candidates were BTech and MCA degree holders.
Incidentally, this isn’t the first time the firm has targeted engineering graduates. Reports suggest that the over 600 aspirants from Mumbai too were only recently defrauded by the company with the same modus operandi. An equally large number of students from other major cities such as Visakhapatnam, Chennai and Bengaluru too were left in the lurch earlier this year when the firm, almost overnight, wrapped up operations after collecting huge sums of money from the candidates.
Anger among job aspirants from across the country is evident. Online portals have been flooded with grievances and stories of cheating by the `fake’ IT firm. Many people have posted warnings, approached consumer complaint forums and prominently highlighted their poor ratings of the company to make other aspirants aware of the firm’s fraudulent ways.
“It was a pre-planned scam by the IT firm. The company targeted students who were registered with various employment portals. They contacted these unemployed students and asked them to appear for the interview. After students made the payment, owners of the company fled with the amount,” said J Ramesh Kumar, inspector, Gachibowli police station. He added, “Students were asked to make the payment through demand drafts. But when we looked into the account we found that the accused have siphoned off the entire amount, leaving a paltry Rs 5,000 in it.”