Beware of this railway recruitment scam, 8 people conned already - watsupptoday.com
Beware of this railway recruitment scam, 8 people conned already
Posted 12 Jan 2018 01:55 PM

Agencies
The Indian Railways is currently investigating an "audacious" job recruitment scam, after 8 victims were duped by an unidentified man who conducted job interviews inside the ministry's headquarters, reported The Indian Express.

It has been learnt that the unknown person had even "appointment letters" to the "selected" candidates with forged signatures of former Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu for the post of ticket collector.

In the purported appointment letter, it was mentioned: "I am pleased to inform you that you have been selected for the job of ticket collector."

Officials investigating the matter after it came the forgery came to light, revealed that seven people had received the fake appointment letters via post. Another victim also fell prey to the dubious recruitment scam later.

All of them had appeared at the Delhi divisional headquarters to meet the concerned officer and join duty. However, all of them were stopped from joining duty and were informed that they had been tricked.

Raj Kumar, one of the victims of the recruitment scam, had earlier lodged a complaint with the Indian Railways last year, and even got an FIR registered at a police station.

In the FIR, Singh claimed to have paid Rs five lakh - for the job of a ticket collector - to "Bhushan Sharma" who had conducted the job interview at Rail Bhavan.

Kumar's complaint to the police and Railways stated: "He asked me 10 questions out of which I could answer seven.”

'Highly organised racket'

While the other seven refrained from filing a formal complaint, the Railways' investigators have called it a "highly organised" racket as two of the duped victims had produced fake duty passes, which closely resembled the orginal ones.

Kumar further claimed that he was interviwed inside a "Railway Board" room seven months ago.

Delhi Police had confirmed to IE that there were no CCTV footages of Room No 9, where the fake interviews were conducted. Police also said that the probe was still open.

The report also adds that the Room No 9, next to the reception counter on the ground floor, was alloted to the Railway Minsitry's PR division, but it usueally remains locked.

It may be noted that the area is crowded throughout the day and is always under watch of the Railway Protection Force.

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Surprisingly, Kumar's "fake" appointment letter had the name of "Rajesh Gupta", an officer purportedly from the 1992 batch of the Railway Mechanical Service - also an issuing authority.

However, railway officials said there was no such officer in thier ranks.

Kumar had also claimed in his FIR that he had met with Bhushan Sharma, who had introduced himself as a railway officier.

While only eight people have been conned, such scams, pertaining to several government and private sectors, have witnessed a sharp rise.

In such a scenario, job seekers should not believe unauthorised sources outside official premises, as it might lead to similar incidents.

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