Speaking to TOI, ITAAP president Sreedhar Kosaraju said that some IT companies in Kakinada and Visakhapatnam have approached cybercrime police seeking action.
What fake placement agencies do is that they first download candidates’ database from popular job portals. Then they generate fake offer letters matching the candidates’ profile on duplicate company letterheads by pretending to be authorised placement agencies of genuine IT companies. Then, calls are made to targeted candidates and to conduct fake interviews and collect certificates to offer fake jobs.
Kosaraju said that due to the impact of Covid-19 on the global economy, there was a temporary slowdown in hiring in IT industries across state. These fake placement agencies exploited this opportunity by charging candidates Rs1,000-5,000 as fees for these fake positions, he said.
These fake placement agencies conduct fake interviews and charge candidates while sending the fake offer letters. Candidates are asked to pay through digital wallets and after the payments are made, then the agencies simply block the candidates’ phone numbers.
“Since they charge less than Rs5,000 per offer, candidates have not yet approached the police. We spoke to six such fake agencies over the last few weeks and they cut our calls. Such cases are increasing,” Kosaraju said. He added that ITAAP is going to register a formal complaint with the cybercrime police soon.