Jobs and lottery frauds! Beware
If the offer sounds too good to be true…beware. It could be a scam.
Many people in India are being cheated with job offers and lotteries that do not exist. Stop and think before you part with your money, your passport, your personal details or your current job.
Scams may appear to come from the Maruti Suzuki, HCL, Fortis, Microsoft, or any other india based companies, but the criminals behind the scam are actually based in other countries.
It is likely to be a scam if:
- You receive an offer of a job for which you have not applied
- You receive a job offer by email
- You are asked to deposit money into a third party’s bank account to apply for your UK visa
- You are asked for your bank account details by email or phone
- You are asked to get in touch with a named contact in a British High Commission or visa department (now called the UK Border Agency)
- You are offered cash in exchange for bank account details
- You are told you have won a lottery, but you have not bought a ticket
If you receive a scam email:
- Do not pay any money
- Do not have any further contact with the originators of the email – these people are professional criminals and their aim is to exploit you and take your money and/or your personal details.
If you have been cheated because of a job or lottery scam:
- Report it to the Indian police authorities.
- This is an international crime – investigations must be taken forward by the Indian police, CBI and Interpol.
How to find out if a company is genuine:
- Some job scams can be very clever. Check the company’s details very carefully.
- Genuine company websites may be provided, but the contact email addresses may be false. A genuine company name may be given, but the address will be that of a commercial service provider, and wrong. For example: genuine website – www.ccasociety.com. False contact details – email@example.com
- Genuine companies are officially registered .
- Phone the company if you are approached about a job, and ask detailed questions about the company and the job.
- Genuine companies do not usually give a mobile number for contact details. Request a landline number. If you can, compare the area dialling code with the given location of the company.
- Most genuine companies do not use a hotmail or yahoo type email account.
Research jobs and terms and conditions of employment:
- The credibility of the job offer you have received
- Are the salary and benefits offered realistic? For example, for jobs in the hospitality sector, a monthly salary of Rs 40,000 plus benefits of a free car, free health insurance, free accommodation, free flights for you and your family, plus generous leave entitlements etc are simply not credible.
The recruitment procedure
- Genuine companies normally have a rigorous recruitment procedure, including a face-to-face interview. They would not usually offer a job by email.
- How you were contacted by the UK company
- For example, if you met an employee in an internet chat room who then made you a job offer, this is very likely to be a scam.
- All genuine Indian lotteries are registered and have websites
- If you did not buy a ticket, you cannot win a lottery
- Indian lotteries do not email winners or refer to amounts won
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