An Indian cybercrime division shut down a collection of fake job portals recently. Inspector Ankush Khedkar led the hunt, which started after a 30-year old woman was tricked into giving up money in exchange for a phony career opportunity.
The crime was committed by emailing unemployed people, claiming they were shortlisted for a potential job. The victims were then instructed to pay fees, first for registration to the portal, then in follow-up calls by people claiming to be from the site. After it became apparent to the victims that the phone numbers calling them and asking for money were turned off shortly after the requests, the police were involved.
Luckily, thanks to the cybercrime division’s technology, the mastermind behind the scam were caught, and the fake portal was shut down. Job portals are a very important source of information in India, and crooks using them for misdeeds hurt the individual as well as companies looking to use them to hire new staff.