Tuesday, August 15, 2023

Two female graduates’ fake airline job scam busted

Mumbai: The North Region Cyber Cell of the Mumbai Crime Branch recently apprehended two female graduates on charges of deceiving numerous individuals by falsely offering positions as ground staff in prominent airlines. These women, identified as Neha Sharma, 29, and Pooja Singh, 23, both B. Com graduates, were arrested from Hapur in Uttar Pradesh. Authorities discovered that the accused collected resumes from various job search websites, posing as Human Resource (HR) representatives from well-known airline companies.

Their arrest followed a complaint from a 37-year-old man who claimed to have lost Rs 12.36 lakh in pursuit of an airline ground staff job. The victim recounted that the accused had impersonated HR professionals from an airline company, instructing him to make payments under the pretence of completing various procedures. Despite hoping for a well-paying airline job (estimated from R50K to R60K), the complainant ended up losing his hard-earned savings. The accused even provided him with a forged appointment letter from IndiGo Airlines, leaving the victim deceived.

The investigation uncovered that the accused possessed forged letterheads from different airline companies, indicating that numerous individuals may have fallen victim to their scheme. While several transactions totalling Rs 10K to Rs 50K have been identified, it is suspected that many victims have not reported the fraud. Authorities are sharing details with counterparts and all police stations in Mumbai to identify potential additional complainants.

15/08/2023 Faizan Khan/Mid Day

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