Cases related to cyber fraud are increasing at an alarming level. Among these cases, incidents of fraud involving the promise of false job offers have a substantial share. Even last week, Narendra Modi’s government announced that it had rescued 130 employees from Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia who had been lured into “fake job rackets offering rich opportunities”.
To prevent people from falling victim to this job scam, the Union Home Office has come up with five indicators of a fake online job advertisement:
1. It may be a sign of employment fraud if you receive the appointment letter immediately after the initial conversation with the company.
2. Another warning sign in the appointment or offer letter is a vague employment detail. Be careful if there is a vague job requirement/job description in the appointment/offer letter.
3. Take note of the language of the email. If written incorrectly, it may be a hoax.
4. If a potential employer asks for private information during an interview, it may be a scam. Do not disclose such information.
5. If you are asked to pay money for your job offers, it could also be cheating.
However, there may be times when you miss some of these checks or even after following all the precautions, you might fall prey to out-of-the-box scam techniques. In this case, victims of cybercrime can register their complaint at cybercrime.gov.in.
Earlier, the Foreign Office warned young people and applicants last month against “fake job rackets advertising lucrative jobs”.
The MEA reported that the people were detained in the Myawaddy area, transported to Myanmar and forced to work in inhumane conditions.
The MEA claimed that armed ethnic gangs were in power and detained several other foreign nationals, including Indians.