Online job fraud: Attempt to cheat Kannur man
Sharjah: A youngster from Koothuparamba in Kannur was on the verge of losing a large sum of money to fraudsters, who offered a lucrative job at a private oil company in Dubai.
The fraudsters used Facebook to register a bogus advertisement seeking employees to the post of supervisor at an oil company in Dubai. It offered 15,000 Dirhams (around Rs 2.90 lakh) as monthly salary. The advertisement also offered accommodation, transport, telephone, 45 days of annual paid leave, insurance and flight tickets for family.
Believing the Facebook post, the youngster applied for the job and the fraudsters sent him a visa application form via email. Soon after sending the filled up application form, the youngster received a job offer letter from a private oil company located on Sheik Zayed Road at Al Safa in Dubai.
However, at the end of the letter, the youngster was asked to deposit Rs 20,000 at a Central Bank of India account for visa expenses. Sensing that something was amiss, the youngster started probing about the company in Dubai. Enquiries revealed that the fraudsters had used a duplicate letter pad carrying the former name of the Dubai immigration department to offer the job.
It is leant the fraudsters actively operate from various parts of the country and use social media to lure job seekers.