Four arrested by police for online job fraud, search on to arrest the rest

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Kochi: A job racket was busted by the Ernakulam Rural police by arresting four persons who allegedly persuaded people by offering recruitment overseas. The Ernakulam Rural police have formed a special team to trace the remaining members of the job racket.

Mr.Sivan Kutty, Circle Inspector, Piravom said that the job racket, with its base in Bengaluru, has members from different States and even outside the country.

Mr. Biju Mon, Deputy Police Superintendent, Muvattupuzha, is heading a seven member team for investigating whether the accused had carried out similar frauds in the State. The investigating police team had recovered 16 ATM cards and 23 SIM cards during a raid at the racket’s hideout last week. A probe is now being conducted with the help of the police cyber cell to identify the locations from which these ATM cards were used, besides details of the phone calls made using the SIM cards. The banks have also been approached by the police in which the racket opened accounts, seeking details of transactions made over the past few months.   

Meanwhile the investigation team received another complaint against the accused from Thrissur though the team has been unable to establish the racket’s involvement in the case. The official said that the details of bank accounts furnished by the complainant did not match with the available evidence. This suggests that they are operating on an even larger scale, having local links in several States and support at different levels.

Four persons including a Ghana national identified as Elol Derek were earlier arrested by the police for allegedly duping a woman doctor of Rs.11.5 lakh by offering her a job at a French hospital. The trap was laid by the accused by advertising vacancies at the hospital on an online job portal.

When the victim approached the French Embassy in New Delhi using a ‘gate pass’ forged by the racket the fraud came to light.

During the investigating process the team has also found that the Ghana national was overstaying in the country and has booked him under Section 14 (a) and (b) of the Foreigners Act. The Circle Inspector said that details are yet to be got of his criminal antecedents though he told us during an interrogation that more foreign nationals were involved in the racket. A probe is on to identify them.

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